If you are thinking about having weight loss surgery, you may have heard the term Lap Band Surgery?
This procedure is not performed often in Australia, due to the higher risks involved.
Keep reading as we explain what this surgery involves and the associated risks.
What is Lap Band Surgery?
Lap band surgery, also known as laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB), is a procedure where an adjustable inflatable silicone band is placed around the top part of the stomach.
In previous years, Dr Adib performed this procedure but has since decided not to because of the risks involved – and also the comparatively low success rate.
Lap Band Surgery Risks
Lap band surgery is not commonly performed in Australia due to the higher risks associated with the procedure.
These risks can include:
- The band can slip or erode over time
- Port site infection
- Fluid leakages
- Band intolerance due to a foreign object being placed in the body.
- Requires regular band adjustments
- Requires a lot of input from the patient for long term weight loss success
- Can lead to poor eating behaviours
- Effective weight loss depends on how tight the band is
- Not recommended for those with autoimmune diseases or reflux
- Complications include reflux / regurgitation, nausea and vomiting, blockage of stomach and internal bleeding
- Slow and gradual weight loss compared to the sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery
Lap Band Adjustments
While Dr Adib no longer performs lap band surgery, we still do have patients who come in for regular lap-band adjustments; however many of them have opted to have further surgery.
If you have had the gastric lap band procedure, and are not getting the desired results you want, we can provide further options.
Brisbane Weight Loss Surgery
Much more popular options in weight loss surgery are Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Roux-En Y Gastric Bypass surgery. Click here to learn more about these options.
If you are interested in a less invasive procedure, Dr Adib also offers the Orbera Gastric Balloon procedure.