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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.
Laparoscopic gastric banding (Lap-Band®) is a safe, effective and scientifically proven way to lose weight and keep it off long term.
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:
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
Increase in lifespan and quality of life - priceless!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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