About Gastric Banding Procedure

  • Jason - lost 31 kilos

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  • Melanie - lost 29 kilos

    Before her Gastric Banding Procedure, Melanie felt like life was passing her by. She was just a spectator and too embarrassed to take part. Since the Procedure, Melanie...
  • Stephen - lost 46 kilos

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30-45 minute procedure

During the 30-45 minute procedure, a surgeon implants and fastens a Gastric Band around the upper part of the stomach. The Gastric Band applies a constant, gentle pressure to the top of the stomach, sending a signal to the brain that reduces appetite. Therefore, patients are satisfied on a smaller amount of food for longer. The Gastric Band is connected by a tube to an access port fixed beneath the skin of your abdomen. This port is used to adjust your Gastric Band, by adding or removing saline solution from the band. The Gastric Band can be adjusted to best meet your personal needs. Regular follow-up visits are key to achieving success with a Gastric Band.

The videos explain the steps of the procedure, from the initial consultation to post-procedure follow-ups and Band adjustments, each showing how it can benefit more people than ever before.

How the Gastric Band works

The Gastric Banding Procedure is a proven weight loss solution. The Laparoscopic Gastric Banding Procedure assists weight loss and weight control in two ways:

1. It reduces appetite
The Gastric Band presses on the top of the stomach to signal to the brain that there is no need for food. The appetite is reduced. This effect is present throughout the day making it easy to eat three or less times per day.

2. It satisfies hunger earlier
When eating, each bite of food is squeezed across the area of stomach narrowed by the Gastric Band. The pressure of squeezing generates signals to the brain and the sense of hunger is quickly reduced. A small meal satisfies.

General outcomes

Here are the general outcomes of having the Gastric Banding Procedure:

  • Patients can lose up to an average of 27kg of their excess weight in 12 months
  • Gastric Banding can be significantly more effective than non-surgical treatments
  • Patients have shown maintenance of their weight loss 17 years after their procedure
  • Effective weight loss can lead to either complete control of – or improvement in – obesity related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and obstructive sleep apnoea.

Facts about Gastric Banding Procedure

  • Over 100,000 Gastric Banding Procedures have been performed in Australia since 1994
  • Gastric Banding is the most widely used weight loss procedure in Australia
  • The Gastric Band, like a wristwatch strap, is fastened around the top of the stomach
  • The stomach and intestines are not cut or re-routed, making the procedure completely reversible
  • The Gastric Band can be adjusted to increase or decrease hunger sensations
  • The Gastric Band presses on the stomach creating sensations of fullness
  • Most patients stay in hospital for only one day
  • Gastric Banding can be significantly more effective than non-surgical treatments.



The Gastric Banding aftercare programme is very important. It enables the healthcare team to ensure the adjustment level of the Gastric Band is correct, and provide advice regarding optimal eating and exercise practices, along with monitoring changes in weight and health.