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 better than what is reported in most published LAP-BAND® weight loss studies.*

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.

* Patient outcomes (weight loss results, complication rates) vary after weight loss surgery.

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.

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. Many published studies 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%.

* Patient outcomes (weight loss results, complication rates) vary after weight loss surgery.

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.

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

Lap-Band® before & after

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  • Procedure: LAP-BAND®
  • Weight Lost: 80 lbs
  • Excess Weight Lost: 80%
  • Disclaimer: Individual results vary
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