Gastric Banding (Lap Banding)

Gastric banding or lap banding—short for laparoscopic gastric banding—is a type of minimally invasive surgery to assist in weight loss, which involves placing a soft, adjustable silicone band around the top part of the stomach to create a small upper pouch.

Once in place, the band limits the volume of food that can be consumed at any given time. When eating, food collects in the upper pouch of the stomach, leading to a feeling of fullness, making people eat much less. The food that collects in the pouch slowly empties itself into the larger stomach area.

Over 350,000 metabolic or obesity procedures are performed worldwide. Around 220,000 of them are in the US. [1] Lap banding is the most sought after weight loss procedure in Australia with over 11,000 procedures annually. Lap Band (also known as Swedish Adjustable Gastric Band – SAGB) is one of the brands used in gastric banding by Australian surgeons.

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  • Kay says:

    I am 93 kg and female and just cannot battle this demon anymore…yep I want the lap band. Have you done it? Would appreciate your experience. Thanks

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