Sydney Gastric Band Surgery (LAP BAND)
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
Obesity is associated with the onset of certain health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and sleep apnea, among others. Fortunately, individuals who suffer from obesity, including those experiencing obesity-related co-morbid health problems, can turn to Sydney bariatric surgeon Dr. V. Kuzinkovas for help. At Advanced Surgicare clinic, Dr. Kuzinkovas offers a range of weight loss surgery procedures, including adjustable gastric banding surgery with the Lap Band, to fit patients’ unique medical needs and help them lose the excess weight.
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How Adjustable Gastric Banding Surgery Helps Patients Lose Weight
During gastric banding bariatric surgery, compassionate weight loss surgeon Dr. Kuzinkovas places an adjustable silicone band (the Lap Band) around the upper section of the stomach, thus restricting food consumption. The silicone band is adjustable, so Dr. Kuzinkovas can loosen or tighten the band, as necessary, by emptying the band or by filling it with saline solution.
Although not all types of bariatric surgery are reversible, Lap Band surgery is. The surgeon can remove the band completely if the patient experiences side effects as a result of surgery or the banding device; would like to undergo an alternate type of bariatric surgery; or decides not to pursue weight loss anymore.
The Lap-Band Procedure
Dr. Kuzinkovas has extensive experience performing bariatric surgery with the laparoscopic approach, which is less invasive than traditional “open” surgery. With laparoscopic surgery, the weight loss surgeon makes several small incisions in the abdomen, through which he inserts his surgical instruments, including a specialized device with a lighted camera on the end of it. The camera transmits video from inside the treatment area onto a high-resolution screen in the operating room, so the surgeon can monitor the progress of surgery. Because laparoscopic surgery is less invasive than the open approach, the patient experiences less scarring and a quicker recovery.
The surgeon inserts the silicone band via one of the small incisions. He places the band around the upper part of the stomach and secures it in place with sutures. He attaches an injection port, connected via tubing, to the Lap Band and positions it onto the muscle layer of the abdominal wall. Later, Dr. Kuzinkovas can fill or empty the silicone band via the access port.
Filling the Lap Band
Dr. Kuzinkovas leaves the port empty immediately after surgery, while the patient recovers from the procedure. About four to six weeks after the initial procedure, the Sydney weight loss surgeon fills the band with saline solution, causing it to tighten around the stomach to restrict food intake. The surgeon adjusts the band at the Advanced Surgicare clinic every few weeks. Filling or emptying the band is easy, fast and essentially painless.
What to Expect After Lap-Band Surgery
Lap-Band surgery is a life-changing procedure, and gastric banding patients will need several weeks to recover completely. However, most patients are able to go back to work about one week after surgery. In the first two weeks after Lap-Band surgery, individuals must consume a liquid-only diet. Soon after that, they can slowly resume eating solid foods.
Following Lap Band surgery, patients will gradually lose the excess weight. During the first 12-18 months following surgery, their weight loss goal should be to lose between a half and a full kilogram per week.
Patients should follow a healthy diet after Lap Band surgery. For individuals to lose the excess weight and subsequently maintain their ideal weight, they must eat nutritious meals and get plenty of exercise for the rest of their lives. In addition, getting psychological support from a qualified mental health professional and support groups helps keep patients on track with their weight loss goals.
Undergoing Lap Band surgery in Sydney with Dr. Kuzinkovas is an effective way to help patients lose weight, often resulting in a steady improvement in obesity-related co-morbid health conditions.
Candidacy for Adjustable Gastric Banding Surgery
Lap-Band surgery is not designed for individuals who simply want to lose a few kilos; rather, it works as a tool for those who need to lose a major amount of weight and keep it off permanently.
The Sydney bariatric surgeon determines if an individual is a suitable candidate for weight loss surgery in general — and Lap-Band surgery specifically — on a case-by-case basis. Typically, however, appropriate candidates for the Lap-Band procedure have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or at least 30-35 with one or multiple obesity-related co-morbid health problems.
Start on Your Way to Leading a Healthier Life Today
If you suffer from obesity and related co-morbid health concerns, it is time to start on your way to leading a healthier, more fulfilling life — today. To arrange a consultation with Dr. Kuzinkovas, please contact Advanced Surgicare Clinic by calling 1300 551.