Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
Our surgeon places a is an inflatable silicon device (band) around the upper part of your stomach to create a small pouch to hold food. This band limits the amount of food you can eat by making you feel full after eating much lesser amounts of food.
While weight loss will be slower than in other procedures, the advantages of gastric bands include a shorter hospital stay and the freedom of having it readjusted and reversed whenever you demand.
How it Works
In a gastric band procedure, a silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, constricting it and redesigning the stomach into an hour-glass shape, which restricts the fast flow of food . The diameter of the band can be adjusted by injecting fluid into it through a port placed under the skin. The placement of the band reduces the size of the stomach and the amount of food that can be eaten. The post-surgery weight loss is less compared to sleeve or bypass surgeries: 40-50% of excess weight.
Risks and Complications
Gastric band surgery is fully reversible, the band can be removed and the original anatomy restored.
Compared to major bariatric surgeries, the gastric band does not reduce absorption of nutrients and therefore subsequent vitamin deficiency is unlikely. The main post-surgery problems are difficulty in swallowing, nausea, inadequate weight loss and the need for frequent band adjustments.