Weight Loss Solutions

Lap-Band® ( Weight Loss Solutions )


At LapSurgery Australia we have performed over 4,000 laparoscopic gastric banding operations. Our team approach to your health and well being is our first priority. Our aim is be alongside all the way. From your first consultation visit to arranging a day for your procedure as well as your visits for your adjustments we will be with you aiming for that achievable goal. One of our surgeons is available for emergencies every day of the year.


The following information is an outline of the surgical management of morbid obesity by laparoscopic gastric banding as practised by LapSurgery Australia. It is by no means exhaustive and further web links are provided at the end of this article. We hope that this information will help you to decide whether laparoscopic gastric banding is something applicable to you and to start you on your quest for more information and perhaps even a preliminary assessment by our Obesity Surgery Service.  Please note that there is a high re-operation rate and other issues associated with this surgery and we and most surgeons around the world no longer recommend gastric banding for most patients.  It remains an option for some patients and you should feel free to discuss this with your surgeon.

The following is general information about the Lap-Band® but it does not and cannot take the place of detailed discussion with your surgeon. This information is not intended and must not be taken as personal medical advice.

Facts at a glance

Laparoscopic gastric banding (Lap-Band®) is a safe, effective and scientifically proven way to lose weight and keep it off long term.

  • The procedure is nearly always performed with keyhole surgery
  • Long term follow up, provided by us, is essential for successful outcome
  • On average patients may lose around 50% of excess weight over the first two years and this maybe maintained long-term.


Operations are performed only in Private Hospitals. Costs can vary according to your particular private health cover, but a ball park figure is around $4,900 out of pocket after all Medicare and Private Health cover rebates. It is possible to fund this out of pocket cost from your Superannuation, call us to enquire how. For a more accurate estimate of costs please telephone us on (03) 9760 2777, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

But I've seen it quoted cheaper than this!

Please be very careful when comparing costs - remember that there is a percentage of LAP-BAND® patients who may need further surgery. LapSurgery Australia costing may include the following:

  • Initial nurse and Surgeon consultation
  • Blood tests and chest X-Ray at bulk billed rates
  • Physician initial consultation
  • Psychologist initial consultation
  • Pre-admission nurse consultation
  • Pre-operative consultation with surgeon
  • 5 sessions with Dietitian (these must be used within 18 months of your initial surgery)
  • Your LAP BAND® procedure
  • Anaesthetist & Assistant Surgeon
  • Unlimited post operative follow up by LSA surgeons and LSA Bariatric specialists at no out of pocket cost (provided Medicare rebates are not changed by the Government)  As at 1st July 2013 due to Medicare changes there will be an out of pocket cost to patients of $40 for each adjustment performed.
  • A LapSurgery surgeon on call every day and night of the year for your safety
  • Any further surgery on your LAPBAND® and/or port will be charged at no out of pocket cost for LSA surgeons, provided you maintain full private health cover

Further expenses may be incurred where other tests such as sleep testing or cardiac assessment tests etc are required, we have no control over these costs.


You may well save the cost of your LAP-BAND® operation within a couple of years by reduction in

  • Grocery bills - most people save $30 to $50 per week
  • Medical costs and pharmaceuticals reduced as your diabetes, hypertension etc come under control

Increase in lifespan and quality of life - priceless!



How long do I have to wait to have my surgery?

From the time you have your first consultation to the date of surgery providing you are assessed as suitable to go ahead approximately 6 - 8 weeks.  Should you need further investigations as required by our physician we will instigate these as soon as possible in order for you to have your surgery as soon as possible.  What you need to remember is that we do not want to put you at risk by rushing the process - it's in your best interest to wait until our physician has given the go ahead to proceed.

How long am I in hospital for?

The average stay in hospital is overnight but should you not be well, we will keep you in hospital until you are well enough to be discharged home. 

How long am I off work for?

You can be expected to be off work for approximately 10- 14 days following your surgery.  Should you require a medical certificate to cover your time off work please ensure you request it from the hospital prior to going home.

What follow up appointments are required?

You will require an appointment with our nurse specialist at 10 days post operatively, then our Dietitian at 3 weeks post operatively and your first adjustment of the LapBand® at approximately 5 weeks.  Following these appointments your may require 3-5 visits to adequately adjust your band to obtain restriction.

What is my diet pre-operatively and post operatively?

You will be expected to have Optifast shakes for 2 weeks pre-operatively and then following your surgery your diet will consist of "mushy" food which will be built up to resume solid foods by the 5th week.

When can I exercise?

If you plan to join a gym following your surgery you will need to wait 4-6 weeks.  If you already had a gym membership and have suspended it you can restart your cardio exercise after 2 weeks and weights at 4 weeks.  Walking can be resumed after 1 week and cycling at 2 weeks. 

Surgical Risks

All surgery involves some risk. Risks can be broken down into two groups, those related to surgery in general and those specific to the operation being performed. Risks of surgery in general include risks of anaesthetics, infections inside the abdomen and in the wound, lung problems, blood clots in the leg or lungs and even death. If you have other health problems such as heart or lung problems, diabetes, smoking or excess weight the general risks of surgery are increased.

These will be discussed in detail with you PRIOR to the operation by your surgeon. Possible complications include but are not limited to:

  • Band Slippage or dilatation of the upper pouch - Occurs in a percentage of cases. Usually means another operation, usually a keyhole operation again and just overnight in hospital.
  • Band erosion is rare but may occur. Requires another operation, usually keyhole surgery
  • DVT (blood clots in the leg or pelvic veins). Rarely, but occasionally fatal if clots spread to lungs.
  • Respiratory complications, such as pneumonia.
  • Damage to other organs during procedure - risk is common to all laparoscopic surgery but very rare.
  • Open surgery - on rare occasions it may be impossible to insert the band with keyhole surgery and a large incision may be needed.
  • Longterm band failure can occur in a percentage of patients

Surgical Benefits

  1. Long term maintenance weight loss
  2. Possible control or remission of serious illness associated with obesity including:
    • Raised Blood Pressure
    • Diabetes
    • Sleep Apnoea
    • Depression
  3. Improved Quality of life, relinquish of stress of always being on a diet
  4. Able to participate in family activities eg swimming, playing sport chasing the kids
  5. Ability to purchase clothes in mainstream shops

Post Operative Instructions

For instructions relating to this operation, please visit the Post Surgery Instructions page.

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