What is Lap-band Surgery?

Of the three main types of bariatric surgery performed in Australia, the LAP-BAND® System has been used in 95%1 of cases to date and over 13,5001 Australians have chosen to lose weight by this method.

Studies confirm that a gastric banding patient can lose up to 51.1% of their excess weight within the first twelve months2 and after 4 years will have maintained 35% of their overall weight loss.2

Why is the LAP-BAND® System so popular? 

There are three reasons why the LAP-BAND® System is so popular:

  1. Minimally invasive approach
  2. Least traumatic procedure
  3. Adjustable treatment

1. Minimally Invasive Approach

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

Like a wristwatch, the band is fastened around the upper stomach to create a new, tiny stomach pouch that limits and controls the amount of food eaten. It also creates a small outlet that slows the emptying process into the stomach and the intestines.

As a result, patients experience an earlier sensation of fullness and is satisfied with smaller amounts of food. 

2. Least Traumatic Procedure

Since there is no cutting, stapling or stomach re-routing involved in the LAP-BAND® System procedure, it is considered the least traumatic of all weight loss surgeries. 

The laparoscopic approach to the surgery 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.

3. Adjustable Treatment

The LAP-BAND® System is also the only adjustable weight loss surgery. The diameter of the band is adjustable for a customised weight loss rate.

Your needs can change as you lose weight. For example, pregnant patients can expand their band to accommodate a growing fetus, 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.





What else do you want to know about Lap-band Surgery?

If you want more information about how Lap-band Surgery can help you, contact us with your questions and we can arrange a consultation with Dr Tony Patiniotis.


  1. Requested Medicare items processed for item numbers 30511, 30512 and 30518 in 2009.
  2. NHMRC, Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Government, Canberra, 2003
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