Reduces the capacity of the stomach, for long term weight loss
Well after having a gastric band in Auralia in 2013, nine stone lighter and returning for a tummy tuck in 4 weeks. I can't express how professional and friendly all the team here are. I have heard and read so many bad stories about going abroad, you may pay slightly more staying in Ireland but it's so worth it.
I had gastric band inserted.
The keyhole operation went well and was done quickly after arrival to the clinic.
I used the remote control for the bed to get me moving before I got up to go to the toilet.
The nurses and doctors where extremely attentive and helpful.
I was treated beautifully from my first phone call and still.
Treatment was great. Was kept very comfortable and had one to one aftercare. Nurses, doctors and staff are all very lovely, pleasant, knowledgeable people.
Went to the Dublin clinic and I cannot fault one staff member. From the girls at the front to the nurses and anesthesiologist at the back and Dr Salman himself, everybody was extremely professional, compassionate and friendly. Follow up care is fantastic and the results speak for themselves. I would highly recommend Auralia.
I’m so glad that I finally put myself first and got my weight under control. With the amazing support and knowledge of the weight loss team and with the aid of the lap band, I was able to finally get down to a normal weight the healthy way, and keep it off.
I don’t recognise myself now, because the new me can say no to food! David and the team never put a doubt in my mind about the quality of care I would get. They believed in me from day one. For that, I will always be grateful. My gastric band is my new best friend!
Having my gastric band surgery with Auralia is the best decision I have ever made. The after-care provided has helped me so much. I now feel so much more comfortable in my own skin, I feel more confident in myself and I have great support from the staff at Auralia Park West Clinic.
Its now 18 months after that day and I have lost just over 8 stone. I could have never imagined how much my life would change before this. I’m now healthier, more confident, fitter and happier! Food doesn’t have a hold on my life anymore. I now have the freedom to enjoy doing other things.
I am now 2 months after my gastric band removal and replacement with Auralia and the level of care I have received is nothing short of amazing. With Auralia they have exceeded everything promised. From the bottom of my heart, I really mean it when I say thank you to the weight loss team for helping me through my experience.
The decision to have this done was definitely the right one for me and I know when I am unsure of anything or having a bad day I can pick up the phone or drop into the clinic and get it sorted out. I really am a different person now, I love life and I am looking forward to finally reaching my goal. Once I do this, I want to try doing the mini marathon in under 1 hour!
Since my surgery, I no longer have high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels or lower back pain. The LAP-BAND has been the tool that I needed to finally be successful at losing weight!
I chose the Lap-Band System because the surgery is much shorter, less risky and the recovery is quicker. Now, almost four years after my surgery, I am still in control of my weight and my life!
I chose the Lap-Band System because I felt it could be an effective tool to help me lose weight. I’ve found that it’s a lifestyle that anyone can live with. I’m now healthier and more active and I have so much more self confidence!
The Lap-Band has given me my life back. All the activities I had missed out on for more than 20 years are once again within my Reach!
About this treatment
Long term weight loss is achievable
Auralia Clinic provides a range of weight loss options, for surgical and non-surgical procedures, that are tailored to suit your individual needs and desires.
Specialising in gastric band and gastric balloon procedures, our team of world-class surgeons and health care specialists create change through partnership and trust.
At Auralia, patient care is at the forefront of the agenda of everything we do, and our unrivalled level of care positions Auralia as the leading provider of weight loss surgery in Ireland.
The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, or lap band, is considered by many to be the least invasive surgery for weight loss. It helps to achieve sustained weight loss by placing an adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach to reduce its capacity.
About this treatment
The gastric band, or lap band, has an unparalleled safety record and has been used in weight loss surgeries for over 25 years.
The gastric band has a lot of advantages:
- The band does not require any cutting or stapling like other weight loss procedures, which means there are no permanent alterations, making it a very safe operation
- The lap band is completely reversible
- The risks involved with the surgery are much lower than that for other weight loss procedures
- The gastric band is not associated with any vitamin or mineral deficiencies
- The lap band can usually be implanted easily and patients don’t need to stay overnight at the clinic
How does a gastric band work?
The procedure involves using keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery to place a soft silicone ring around the top part of the stomach. It effectively creates a two-compartment stomach, with a much smaller top part above the band.
A person with a lap band will only eat enough food to fill the top part of the stomach. After the meal, the food passes through the opening of the band into the remainder of the stomach, and digestion occurs normally.
The band is attached to an injection port under the skin via a soft tubing, which allows adjustment of the band’s tightness by inflating or deflating the balloon in the band.
Adjustments to the band are easily performed and require no special preparation. Adding saline to the band makes the orifice between the two parts of the stomach smaller, making the passage of food from the top of the stomach to the rest of the stomach slower. Removing saline from the band allows more rapid passage of larger particles of food to pass.
Advantages & Disadvantages of the Lap Band
The main advantage of the lap band is its adjustability. The lap band can be tightened or loosened in a matter of minutes in our clinic.
The surgery itself is minimally invasive, only taking around 35-45 minutes to complete. There is minimal scarring with very small incisions made. The stomach itself remains fully intact, along with the full digestive system.
Unlike other obesity surgeries, the lap band is fully reversible. Should anybody wish to have the lap band removed, they will be left with a fully intact stomach and gastrointestinal tract.
Some other advantages of the lap band include:
- Very low risk
- Fully reversible (preserves stomach and bowel)
- Day-case procedure (usually)
- Significant and durable weight loss
- Major reductions in obesity-associated health risks
- Low risks of vitamin and mineral deficiency
Some disadvantages of the lap band can include:
- Requires regular attendance at clinic for adjustments
- Unlike sleeve or bypass, the band does not reduce appetite hormones
- Complications (though often minor) are relatively common
- Health benefits are entirely dependent on weight-reduction
- Can sometimes cause problems for those who do a lot of overseas travel
- Experience of the surgeon directly influences the risk of long-term complications
How much weight will I lose with a lap band?
Your overall weight loss
Lap band weight loss results can vary from patient to patient. It largely depends on how well you follow the rules associated with the lap band. This includes eating slowly and choosing lower-calorie options.
You should lose about 50-60% of your excess weight over the first two years.
This is only an average – some people might lose more or less depending on their own weight loss journey.
Based on the experience from past patients the average weight loss is around 1.5 stone or 8% of your starting weight.
Long-term weight loss
The average weight loss over a long period of time is about 54%.
What are the health benefits of lap bands?
Gastric bands offer a wide variety of health benefits and can impact a lot of obesity-associated conditions.
Some health benefits of lap bands include:
- Reduced risk of heart attack and stroke
- Improvement in Type 2 diabetes
- Reduces fatigue and daytime sleepiness
- Reduces heartburn/acid reflux
- Helps with back or joint pain
- Improves mobility
- Improves asthma
- Helps resolve fatty liver disease
- Reduces depression and anxiety
- Improves overall quality of life
60-70% of patients also have a lower risk of premature death when compared to their obese (non-banded) peers.
For more information on the health benefits of lap bands visit bariatricsurgery.ie.
How often will I need to have the band adjusted?
When your lap band is implanted, it will usually be empty of all fluids. At this point, it is only providing a very small amount of restriction around your stomach. About 5 weeks post-surgery you can begin adjusting your band to help control your hunger and improve your weight loss.
Adjusting your band will also depend on how well you’re doing. If you are losing about 1-2lbs (0.5-1 kg) a week, have no symptoms and feel well, your band is fine. If your weight loss is very slow or if you have a little restriction, you may need a further adjustment.
There is considerable variation in how many adjustments are required in the first 12 months. Some need one, others need five or six. But remember, more is not necessarily better. Some people think if the band is producing good weight loss, tightening it further will give more dramatic results. This is not true. An over-adjusted band can be dangerous, increasing the chance of slippage and other complications.
Does a gastric band cause acid reflux?
This is a myth and gastric bands don’t cause reflux (heartburn) or make existing heartburn worse.
The exception to this, however, is when a band is over-tightened. Reflux can become common in this scenario and quite distressing. Any patient who is getting persistent reflux with their band should have it emptied as soon as possible.
Do you lose vitamins and minerals with the lap band?
Major vitamin and mineral deficiencies are very uncommon with gastric bands, but it is still recommended that you take your daily vitamin and mineral supplements.
Does having a gastric band exclude other weight-loss surgeries?
One of the unique features about a lap band is that it is completely reversible. This means if you want to have a different kind of surgery and need the band removed, it is possible.
Some surgeries like conversion to a bypass or a gastric sleeve can even be done at the same time as the band removal.
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