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Laparoscopic Banding (lap band)
















What is lap banding?

lap-banding can help weight loss


Laparoscopic ('lap') band surgery is where keyhole surgery is used to place a band around your stomach. This reduces the amount you need to eat to feel full, thereby helping to lose weight.




How is lap banding performed?

The operation is performed under general anaesthesia. Small cuts are made in the abdomen skin, allowing keyhole surgery instruments to be passed into the abdomen. Using these instruments, a silicone band is placed around the stomach. This is connected by tubing to a small unit that sits just under the skin. This unit allows the specialist to adjust the band after surgery, tailoring it to your needs - the tighter the band, the less food gets through the stomach.

On average, the operation takes about an hour to perform and patients often go home the next day.


Is the lap band permanent?

No. Keyhole surgery can similarly be performed to remove the band.


How much weight will I lose?

This varies between individuals, and will also depend on your motivation. On average, a loss of 60% of excess weight can be expected after one year.


Can anyone have lap band surgery?

No, there are certain criteria that should be met to qualify for this type of surgery. Such criteria include age between 18 and 55, failure of conservative treatment measures and a patient that is willing and motivated. Your specialist will be able to discuss whether you are suitable for this procedure.


What risks are involved with lap band surgery?

  • Band movement - occasionally the band can move, and may need to be re-positioned by keyhole surgery.

  • Spleen injury - this is rare, but if it does occur then the spleen may need to be removed, and long-term antibiotics used.

  • Nausea and vomiting - this is quite common after surgery, but usually settles once your stomach becomes accustomed to the band

  • Clots - these are uncommon, but can be very serious.Blood clots in the calf or lung can cause pain, shortness of breath and even death.



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Any procedure involving skin incision can also result in unfavourable scarring, wound infection, or bleeding. This list of risks is not exhaustive, and you should discuss possible complications with your specialist. Whilst these risks will seem very worrysome, and indeed can be serious, it should also be borne in mind that many people have no postoperative problems whatsoever.

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