Lap-band Surgery

What's Lap-band Surgery?

The LAP-BAND® is a silicone band which has a ‘balloon’ on the inner part, allowing fluid to be added to increase or decrease the fill level. It is a type of bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery.


The LAP-BAND® is placed around the top of the stomach via laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, and works by applying constant, gentle pressure to this area.


This sends a signal of satiety (a feeling of fullness) to the brain, therefore reducing the amount of food a patient can eat.


The LAP-BAND® is connected to an access port, which is fixed beneath the skin of your abdomen. The port is then used to fill the band with the correct amount of fluid based on the patients needs.


This is what is called being in the ‘greenzone’ which is the optimal zone for weight loss.

LAP-BAND® Surgery is the most common performed bariatric procedure in Australia  with over 70,000 procedures performed since 1994, and  over 850,000 procedures performed worldwide.
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The benefits of LAP-BAND® surgery are...

  • It is adjustable and reversible

  • The surgery is performed laparoscopically (keyhole) through small incisions

  • There are no major cuts to the abdomen

  • The gastric band, like a belt, is fastened around the top of the stomach

  • Lower risks & complication rates than other bariatric procedures

  • Unlike other bariatric surgery, there is no re-routing of the digestive tract/stomach

  • The band presses on the stomach creating sensations of fullness.

  • The band can be adjusted to increase or decrease hunger sensations

  • Only small amounts of food can be eaten at once because of the tiny pouch above the band

  • Even though weight loss surgery patients often have many other serious illnesses, the comparable risk is about the same as for a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal).

The LAP-BAND® procedure overview

Lap-band® is a minimally invasive approach.


During the procedure, surgeons usually use laparoscopic techniques (using small incisions and long-shafted instruments), to implant an inflatable silicone band into the patient's abdomen.


Like a wristwatch, the band is fastened around the top part of the stomach; when the band is optimally adjusted, it applies gentle pressure and which gives the sensation of satiety (a feeling of fullness), therefore patients eat less which results in weight loss.


LAP-BAND® is less invasive

Since there is no cutting, stapling or stomach re-routing involved in the LAP-BAND® Surgery, it is considered the least traumatic of all weight-loss surgeries. The laparoscopic approach to the procedure also offers the advantages of reduced post-operative pain, shortened hospital stay and quicker recovery. If for any reason the LAP-BAND® System needs to be removed, the stomach generally returns to its original form.


LAP-BAND® is an adjustable treatment

The LAP-BAND® System is also the only adjustable weight loss surgery. The diameter of the band is adjustable for a customized weight-loss rate. Your individual needs can change as you lose weight.


For example, pregnant patients can have fluid removed from their band to accommodate a growing baby, while patients who aren't experiencing significant weight loss can have their bands tightened.


To modify the size of the band, its inner surface can be inflated or deflated with a saline solution. The band is connected by tubing to an access port, which is placed well below the skin during surgery. After the operation, the surgeon can control the amount of saline in the band by entering the port with a fine needle through the skin.

The finer details about the LAP-BAND® Procedure

  • Minimal trauma

  • Least invasive surgical option

  • No intestinal re-routing

  • No cutting or stapling of the stomach wall or bowel

  • Reduced patient pain, hospital length-of-stay and recovery period

Fewer risks and side effects

  • Significantly lower mortality risk than other obesity surgery procedures

  • Lower risk of nutritional deficiencies than gastric bypass

  • Reduced risk of hair loss

  • No “dumping syndrome” related to dietary intake restrictions


  • An optimally adjusted band allows long-term weight loss Adjustments performed without additional surgery

  • Supports pregnancy by allowing fluid to be removed for increased nutritional needs



  • Removable at any time

  • Stomach and other anatomy are generally restored to their original forms and functions

Effective long-term weight loss

  • More than 180,000 cases performed worldwide

  • Standard of care for hundreds of practices around the world

  • Academic publications with up to 7 years of follow-up


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LAP-BAND® Procedure is not for everyone.


Whilst it will produce excellent weight loss results in most people, there are a few circumstances where the LAP-BAND® Procedure might not suit and an alternative procedure type may be preferable..



Important factors to be considered are:


  • You have an inflammatory disease or condition of the gastrointestinal tract, such as ulcers, severe oesophagitis, or Crohn’s disease.

  • You have severe heart or lung disease that makes you a high risk for surgery.

  • You have had a lot of previous surgery in your abdomen.

  • You are pregnant. (If you become pregnant after the LAP-BAND® Procedure has been placed, that is fine, but the band may need to be deflated if you have a lot of morning sickness.)

  • You are addicted to alcohol or drugs.

  • You have an infection that could contaminate the surgical area – this would need to be cleared up first

  • You are on chronic, long-term steroid treatment.

  • You cannot or do not want to follow the dietary rules that come with this procedure.


The final decision to proceed with the LAP-BAND® program will be the result of discussions between you and your surgeon.




  • You have an inflammatory disease or condition of the gastrointestinal tract, such as ulcers, severe oesophagitis, or Crohn’s disease.

  • You have severe heart or lung disease that makes you a poor candidate for surgery.

  • You have some other disease that makes you a poor candidate for surgery.

  • You have a problem that could cause bleeding in the oesophagus or stomach. This might include oesophageal or gastric varices (a dilated vein). It might also be something such as congenital or acquired intestinal telangiectasia (dilation of a small blood vessel).

  • You have portal hypertension.

  • Your oesophagus, stomach, or intestine is not normal (congenital or acquired).  For instance you might have a narrowed opening.

  • You have symptoms of one of these diseases.



For further information about how LAP-BAND® Procedure can help you, contact us with your questions and we can arrange a consultation for you with a Bariatric Surgeon.

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