Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery - also called lap band surgery or adjustable gastric banding - is an increasingly popular weight loss procedure performed in Canada.
Plastic surgeons recommend it as the simplest and least invasive plastic surgery procedure available to help patients lose a significant amount of weight and improve the quality of their life.
How Does Laparoscopic Gastric Banding Work?
Unlike conventional gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding involves no cutting, stapling or re-routing of the intestinal tract.
During this minimally-invasive procedure, the plastic surgeon places a band around the upper part of your stomach to create a small pouch to hold food.
Gastric banding aids in weight loss by limiting the amount you can eat and making you feel fuller faster.
Am I a Candidate for Laparoscopic Gastric Banding?
While gastric banding is considered the least invasive weight loss surgery and also the safest, it is not suitable for all patients.
In general, appropriate candidates for this plastic surgery include those that:
- Have a BMI of at least 40 (approximately overweight by 45 kilograms)
- Are 18 years or older
- Have tried to lose weight with diet and exercise but have been unsuccessful
- Don’t have any other medical problems that may be causing the weight gain
- Are prepared to make substantial lifestyle changes including adjusting their eating habits
- Are not pregnant
However, only a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in gastric banding surgery can accurately determine whether you are an appropriate candidate for this weight loss procedure.
Risks & Benefits of Gastric Banding
While gastric banding can significantly improve a patient’s health and quality of life, it is imperative to fully understand the risks and benefits associated with gastric banding before deciding whether it is the right procedure for you.
|Least invasive weight loss plastic surgery procedure||Band erosion/slippage/displacement|
|Low risk of surgical complications||Infection of tissues around the band|
|Fully reversible (with the stomach eventually returning back to its full size)||Pneumonia/chest infection|
|Effective - Patients see 50%-60% excess weight loss||Risk of blood clots development|
|Fast recovery time||Surgical complications including damage to the organs|
During your pre-surgical consultation, your plastic surgeon will discuss in detail the full risks and benefits associated with laparoscopic gastric banding to ensure that you are able to make a comfortable and fully-informed decision regarding the procedure.
To find out more about the costs and benefits of gastric banding, contact our Kelowna surgical centre today at 250-868-9799 or toll free at 877-505-8895.