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BandingTogether is Australia's largest and most active support group for adjustable gastric band (Lap Band) patients, prospective patients, families and friends.

The site was started in 2009 by Dave Townsend, who at the time was working as a web designer (although thanks to the lap band he has since lost over 50kg and is now in his third year of studying Medicine). While recovering from his own banding surgery, Dave searched for an Australian support group for lap band patients to get advice from people who had gone through the surgery before.

Despite finding some active discussions spread around the web, Dave decided to use the 5 days of recovery time after his surgery to develop a forum dedicated to providing a warm, welcoming environment for lap band patients, and a safe place to discuss their successes, failures, fears and foibles with other people who had gone through the lap banding process.

Today BandingTogether has grown to over 4000 members and over 100,000 posts and features a wonderful community of supportive people who help each other through the mental and physical trials of weightloss and the banding process.

The site's success is largely due to the enthusiasm of numerous members and thanks to the team of dedicated moderators who all donate their time for free.


BandingTogether is entirely funded and supported by donations. In the interest of respecting the privacy of our community, the site is advertising free and will stay that way. If you would like to contribute to the ongoing hosting expenses and forum software licence costs, please donate through Paypal using the link below.

Media Enquiries

From time to time we are contacted by media outlets and casting agencies looking to find people to discuss their lap banding experience. Due to feedback from community members, we do not allow any media or casting requests to be posted directly on the forum. Instead, volunteers from the BandingTogether community who are happy to share their story have submitted their information onto a media list. If you would like more information about contacting these volunteers, please contact us on the information below.

Contact Us

If you want more information about lap banding, want some advice or want to share your story, please sign up for an account and join the discussion in the forum. You can click on the big green "Create Account" button on the top right of the screen. Everyone is welcome, so please don't hesitate to join us.

If you would like more information about BandingTogether, have a media enquiry or just want to say hello, please email Dave at david@bandingtogether.com.au.