Adjustable Gastric Banding
Gastric Banding is a restrictive (decreases food intake by making the stomach smaller) procedure. The band is placed around the uppermost portion of the stomach creating a small upper pouch and a lower stomach. The upper pouch can only hold a small amount of food. This causes you to eat less, feel full longer, and lose weight. Saline is instilled into the band via a ‘port’ inserted into the abdominal cavity. Return visits to your physician for band fills essentially tighten the band, and restricts intake of food. The band is placed under general anesthesia using a laparoscopic procedure (tiny incisions, using a scope, resulting in less scarring, pain, and shorter hospital stay). Gastric banding surgery can cause an average loss of 47% of excess weight.
- Limits the amount of food that can be eaten leading to weight loss
- No removal of organs, no sutures/staples of organs
- Shown to help resolve other chronic conditions such as Diabetes, High Cholesterol, and Sleep Apnea
In addition to the general risks that accompany all surgeries, this procedure may also lead to band migration (slip), erosion or obstruction.