LAP-BAND® Weight Loss

The better published studies on LAP-BAND® weight loss report an average of 40-50% excess weight loss (EWL) after LAP-BAND® surgery. Many other published studies report lower weight loss averages, particularly after the first few years after surgery.

Dr. Oliak’s Orange County LAP-BAND® patients average 48% EWL at 1 year after surgery, and 46% EWL at 5 years after surgery (see chart below). These weight loss statistics are significantly better than what is reported in most published LAP-BAND® weight loss studies.
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Note the large range (0-100% EWL) in weight loss outcomes at the different time points in the table below – some patients do really well with weight loss after surgery and some don’t. Patients who do well typically experience good hunger suppression with the band, and are successful at establishing new eating/exercise habits.

Our Orange County LAP-BAND® Weight Loss Statistics

48% EWL after 1 year (range 0-100%)

49% EWL after 2 years (range 0-100%)

48% EWL after 3 years (range 0-100%)

46% EWL after 5 years (range 0-100%)

43% EWL after 7 years (range 0-91%)

EWL – excess weight loss. LAP-BAND® weight loss results above are averages from >1000 patients operated on from 2002 through 2013. Individual patients can lose more or less weight than the average.

What is excess weight?

Excess weight is the amount of weight over ideal weight. Ideal weight can be found in Metropolitan Life Insurance height-weight tables. Ideal weight is considered to be the middle weight in the medium frame size range. For example, ideal weight (not goal weight) for a 5’4″ woman is considered to be 134 pounds, and ideal weight (not goal weight) for a 5’11” man is considered to be 164 pounds.

LAP-BAND® Outcomes – Complications

Gastric banding is considered to be a safe and low risk operation. Long-term, however, there are complications that can occur, including esophageal dysfunction, pouch dilation, band slippage, and band erosion. Symptoms of these complications include heartburn, reflux, the feeling of food getting stuck, and vomiting.

Dr. Oliak’s LAP-BAND® complication rates are shown in the table below. Although other published LAP-BAND® outcomes studies report similar low complication rates, there are many other studies that report much higher complication rates. Band erosions, for example, are reported to occur in up to 10% of patients, and removal rates are reported to be as high as 50%.

Our Orange County LAP-BAND® Complication Rates

Complication Our Results*
Band erosion 0%
Band slippage/pouch dilatation 3%
Band removal 5%

* Our results above are from >1000 patients operated on from 2002 through 2013.

LAP-BAND® Improves Medical Conditions

Medical problems associated with weight, including diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, sleep apnea, joint pain, asthma, depression, infertility, urinary stress incontinence, lower extremity swelling, and headaches all tend to resolve or improve with weight loss after LAP-BAND® surgery.

Weight Loss Surgery Patients Live Longer

Numerous published studies have shown that weight loss surgery patients live longer than similarly obese patients who don’t have surgery. This is because the surgery patients lose weight, become healthier, and get fewer heart attacks, fewer strokes, and less cancer.

  • 48% excess weight loss at 1 year
  • 46% excess weight loss at 5 years

Lap-Band® before & after

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  • Lisa
  • Procedure: Lap-Band®
  • Weight Lost: 120 lbs
  • Excess Weight Lost: >100%
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