Laparoscopic Gastric
Banding Procedure

Laparoscopic Gastric Banding Procedure is usually performed through small incisions in the tummy using a camera. This minimally invasive surgery usually results in less discomfort and time off.

During the 30-45 minute procedure, a Gastric Band, much like a wristwatch, is fastened around the upper stomach to create a small pouch which restricts the amount of food that can be consumed. In addition to the band, an access port, connected by tubing, is placed in the abdomen wall. This port allows for the size of the band to be increased or decreased with saline.

The Laparoscopic Gastric Banding Procedure does not involve cutting or stapling of the stomach or intestines, providing the option to reverse the treatment.

Laparoscopic Gastric Banding Procedure was first introduced to Australia in 1994. Since then, it has become the most widely used weight control procedure in the country. In 2010, 11,000 procedures were performed in Australia and 650,000 procedures have been performed worldwide.


How the Gastric Banding Procedure works

The Gastric Banding Procedure is a proven weight loss solution.

The Laparoscopic Gastric Band assists weight loss and weight control in two ways:

  • Creating a sense of fullness.
    The gastric band presses on the stomach, which makes the brain think that the stomach is full and therefore requires no more food.
  • Satisfying hunger sooner.
    The gastric band creates a smaller stomach pouch, so that less food is required to feel satisfied. Also, because the band has reduced the size of the passage through which food passes, it takes longer to digest.
    Health professionals are also available to support patients long-term who choose to undergo Laparoscopic Gastric Banding Procedure. This team usually includes a General Practitioner, possibly a specialist to manage any obesity-related diseases, a Dietician, a Psychologist and where necessary, an Exercise expert.

Contact Us

If you think you are ready to start your journey to good health contact our centre today!

Dr. Stephen Wilkinson – Tasmania Antiobesity Surgery Centre

Hobart Private Hospital
Suite 1, Ground Floor
Cnr Collins and Argyle Streets
Hobart TAS 7000

Ph: 03 6214 3063
03 6214 3066
Fax: 03 6214 3064

North West Private Hospital
21 Brickport Road
Burnie TAS 7320

Ph: 03 6432 6000
Fax: 03 6432 6099