Laproscopic Gastric adjustable band is advised if:
- Your age is at least 18 years old
- Your Body mass Index (BMI) is 30 or more
- You have been overweight for more than 5 years
- No obesity related health conditions
In this procedure, an adjustable gastric band is placed laparoscopically around the upper stomach to create a small stomach pouch. This small stomach received food first when one eats and gives the feeling of early fullness and satiety with a small amount of food.
The adjustable gastric band is a restrictive saline filled silicone band placed around the upper stomach. The restriction created by the band around the upper stomach can be adjusted by the volume of saline. Saline is added or withdrawn from the band by the use of a special needle inserted through the skin into the reservoir port. (See diagram).
This reservoir port is usually placed in a subcutaneous pocket on the abdominal wall. In most patients, this reservoir port can be felt through the abdominal skin. This operation does not involve any cutting or removal of the stomach and hence is considered the simplest and safest weight loss operation.
Whilst this operation is considered permanent, the band can be removed (ie: the operation can be reversed if necessary). Adjustments to the band require a visit to your bariatric surgeon.
About the Gastric Band Procedure
Cost of Gastric Band Surgery
- Insured patient = $5,349 minus $849 Medicare rebate = $4,500 out of pocket (all costs included*)
- Uninsured patient = $16,137 minus the $637 Medicare rebate = $15,500 out of pocket (all costs included*)
Dr Govind Krishna
MBBS, MS, FRACS
Dr Govind Krishna is an expert is weight loss surgery with 20+ years of experience performing gastric surgery. He has performed over 2,000+ weight loss and gastric operations and offers affordable surgical solutions for those wishing to consider weight loss surgery.
He offers an empathetic, non-judgemental approach to weight loss management and his mission is to help his patients restore their health and move on with their lives.
He holds a Master of Surgery (MS) degree specialising in gastric surgery and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). Dr Krishna consults across South-Western Sydney at Campbelltown, Fairfield, Liverpool and Hurstville.
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