The Gastric Band (or lap-band) is an inflatable band that is placed around the upper part of the stomach using keyhole surgery. This creates a small ‘pouch’ in the stomach above the band which slows down the passage of food and only allows a small amount of food to be held in your stomach at any time. This gives the sensation of being comfortably full after eating a smaller amount of food. The result is feeling full for longer.
This type of surgery is adjustable, as a port is placed under the skin on your abdomen. This allows your surgeon to adjust to ensure the correct weight loss is achieved and maintained.
More surgeons can perform the gastric band and have therefore promoted this procedure, however as the disadvantages of the band have become more widely recognised, the number of gastric band operations performed has declined. The procedure is rarely performed overseas but still has some presence in Australia.