Long term gastric band results
There are lots of publications that show average weight loss results with a gastric band, and Healthier Weight is proud to be a contributor to those publications. Over the years we have published several papers based on our outcomes, including the largest ever study of gastric bands for private patients in the UK.
Our publications show that gastric band surgery results in an average excess weight loss of 50% to 60% at 2 years post surgery*. It is important to ask whether your chosen provider publishes their results, and we recommend that you ask to see their data. Only in this way can you be sure the outcomes you are being given are real for that provider, and are not being based on what has been achieved elsewhere.
So what does that mean for you? Here's an example of the typical weight loss results that you can expect with a band...
- Your height: 5ft 6in
- Your weight: 17st (240 lbs)
- Your ideal weight: 11st (154lbs)
- Your excess weight: 86lbs (actual weight 240lbs - ideal weight 154lbs)
With a gastric band, we expect an average loss of 60% excess weight so you could expect to lose around 50lbs (60% of 86lbs excess weight)*
IMPORTANT - research by Healthier Weight has shown that the more weight you lose in the first 5 weeks after band surgery the more you are likely to lose at 12 months, and 24 months. For this reason, we recommend a diet plan to follow during this period and work very hard to maximise your weight loss at 5 weeks. The result is that our patients lose on average 7.5% of their starting weight in the first 5 weeks after their surgery, an average of 1 stone 8 lbs*.
What happens to weight loss in the longer term (e.g. 10+ years from now)?
Evidence from the 20 years since the first laparoscopic gastric band procedure took place in 1993 shows that gastric band surgery provides lasting weight loss for the majority of people, and that the gastric band material itself (silicone) does not degrade in any significant way. This is especially true of the latest generation of gastric bands which incorporate many design improvements.
So whilst we do not yet have studies showing what happens to gastric bands after 30 or 40 years, we have no reason to doubt that the lap band will function perfectly well for decades. Read the Healthier Weight 12 year study of Gastric Band patients
Do some people fail to lose a significant amount of weight with a gastric band?
Yes, it is possible to fail with a gastric band, and in most studies the failure rate is 10-15%. The patients who fail are those who are unable to follow the golden rules for success. We will discuss these in detail at your consultation, and the guidance that you need for successful results will be provided by us both pre and post-surgery.