Laparoscopic Gastric band surgery for obesity

The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) has been a commonly performed procedure to help patients achieve significant weight loss. It involves a keyhole procedure and an overnight stay Hospital. Dr. Le Page inserts a soft plastic ring around the top part of the stomach (effectively separating the small part of stomach above from the large stomach volume below the band). The ring size is adjusted during follow-up by inflating or deflating this ring, done by accessing a ‘port’ which sits within the abdominal wall (hidden under the skin). Portion sizes are thereby reduced and often hunger is suppressed (by the band pressing on the hunger nerves on the stomach). It requires commitment to eating in appropriate ways for the band to be effective.

Dr. Le Page has performed around 1000 operations to help obese patients manage their weight, health and wellbeing. He has published international research on the condition and audits the outcomes of patients undergoing surgery to ensure the highest quality, including through the official national obesity surgical society (ANZMOSS).

Dr. Le Page will provide a recommendation on the merits of surgery and the type of surgery best for you, but will respect your wishes and opinion. He will look after you in hospital and co-ordinate your aftercare with a specialist dietician and any other health professionals (through the OClinic) who can optimise your outcome. Obesity is defined by a body mass index (BMI) over 30 (click here to calculate your BMI ). You may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if you are in the obese category or above, depending on your health profile and after review with Dr Le Page.

If you feel a specialist review may be indicated for you, please discuss with your GP and call (02) 9767 7908 to arrange an appointment with Dr. Le Page. Your individual circumstance will be clarified by Dr. Le Page during your review.

The information provided is of a general nature and not intended for self diagnosis or replacing the opinion of a medical practitioner.