The Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding procedure is a restrictive surgery. It restricts the amount of food the stomach can hold by placing an inflatable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach. The new, small upper stomach pouch limits the amount of food that can be consumed at one time, and a narrowed stomach outlet increases the time it takes for the stomach to empty. The subsequent reduction in food intake results in weight loss.
The size of the outlet is adjusted about six weeks after the surgery. This adjustment helps you get the maximum restriction necessary for weight loss. All adjustments are performed in a surgeon's office making additional surgery unnecessary.
This surgery is only performed laparoscopically. Four to eight small incisions are made on the abdomen in order to insert a small camera and the tools needed to perform the surgery.
This procedure is purely restrictive in nature and therefore reduces the risk for vitamin deficiencies and dumping syndrome that is often seen in malabsorptive procedures. The surgery is also reversible if the patient requires removal of the band due to complications or intolerance.
Advantages of the adjustable gastric band are that it can be performed quickly and with less pain than gastric bypass.
There are risks with any surgery and weight loss surgery is no exception. Your surgeon will review all the complications of weight loss surgery in detail with you before your surgery. Although most surgeries have no complications, our staff of experienced medical professionals is available to respond to any complications that may arise.