Our LAP-BAND® patients average 54-65% excess weight loss (EWL) 1-5 years after surgery (see table below). Our weight loss results compare favorably to the results reported by the better published Gastric Banding studies worldwide, which generally show approximately 50-60% EWL after 3 years.
|Weight Loss after Surgery||Our Results|
|Excess Weight Loss - 6 months||46%|
|Excess Weight Loss - 12 months||61%|
|Excess Weight Loss - 18 months||63%|
|Excess Weight Loss - 2 years||62%|
|Excess Weight Loss - 3 years||65%|
|Excess Weight Loss - 4 years||59%|
|Excess Weight Loss - 5 years||54%|
Lower BMI patients (BMI 30-40) have been reported to achieve better percent excess weight loss results than heavier patients after LAP-BAND® surgery. We have also found this to be true. Our low BMI patients (starting BMI 30-40) average approximately 70% excess weight loss after surgery.
Important - the weight loss results discussed on this page are averages. Individual patients can lose more or less weight than the average (see Achieving Weight Loss Success section below).
Excess weight is the amount of weight over ideal weight. Ideal weights are published in the Metropolitan Life Insurance height-weight tables. These tables display weight ranges for small, medium, and large frame sizes. Ideal weight is considered to be the maximum weight in the large frame size range. To calculate the percentage of excess weight loss (%EWL) divide weight lost by maximum excess weight and multiply by 100. The tables include one inch of height for shoes, so one inch needs to be added to actual height to see the correct weight range.
Studies show that weight loss outcomes after LAP-BAND® surgery vary between different surgeons, programs, and patients. This is because outcomes are influenced by the quality of the operation (surgeon), band adjustment (surgeon), patient education and support (program), and patients' eating and exercise habits after surgery (patient).
Our #1 goal is to achieve excellent weight loss outcomes. We do this by focusing on education, quality surgery, and quality aftercare.
Our first step on the pathway to your long-term weight loss success is education.
We want you to understand how the LAP-BAND® works, and the changes you need to make in your eating habits after surgery.
Education is the focus of the initial free consult, and the preoperative educational program.
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Our next step is providing you with a quality operation. A quality operation will minimize risk and maximize weight loss effectiveness.
Dr. Oliak's established record (>1000 LAP-BAND® operations) of excellent outcomes attests to his ability to provide quality LAP-BAND® surgery.
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Finally, we focus on delivering quality aftercare (education, follow-up, support) to ensure appropriate band adjustment (too loose = poor weight loss, too tight = esophageal problems),
and to help you establish the eating and exercise habits that will result in long-term weight loss success.
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Gastric Banding is considered to be a safe and low risk operation when performed by a qualified and experienced bariatric surgeon. However, as with all surgery, there is the potential for complications to occur (see table below).
|Complications||Our Results (1000+ patients)||Other Good Studies|
|Band Erosion||0||up to 1%|
|Band Removal||3%||up to 4%|
Important - the results reported in the right column in the above table were taken from published studies done by experienced laparoscopic bariatric surgeons with low complication rates. Other studies, with less experienced surgeons, report higher complication rates.
Before LAP-BAND® surgery I had borderline diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and knee and hip pain. Once I realized that I was in danger of losing my quality of life, I decided to call the Oliak Center and attend a seminar.
I had LAP-BAND® surgery in December 2009. The LAP-BAND® surgery saved my life - my high blood pressure is gone and my blood sugar and cholesterol numbers are normal. Now, I do not live to eat. I eat to live. Now I can be around longer and live a healthier life for my grandchildren and my family. I thank GOD that Dr. Oliak and his staff have given me my life back.