Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery
Designed to help people safely drop pounds, this procedure involves making the stomach pouch smaller by placing an inflatable silicone band around the uppermost part of the stomach. This minimally-invasive procedure involves less risk and shorter recovery times than traditional gastric bypass surgery.
It works like this:
- Minimally Invasive Surgeons typically use laparoscopic techniques (small incisions and long-shafted instruments) to fasten an inflatable silicone band around the upper stomach like a wristwatch. This creates a new, tiny stomach pouch that limits and controls the amount of food you eat. It also slows the emptying process into the stomach and the intestines. As a result, patients experience an earlier sensation of fullness and feel satisfied with smaller amounts of food. This, in turn, results in weight loss.
- Safest and Least Traumatic Since there is no cutting, stapling or stomach re-routing involved, the band placement procedure is considered the safest and least traumatic procedure compared to other weight-loss surgeries. The laparoscopic approach to the surgery also offers reduced post-operative pain, a shortened hospital stay and a quicker recovery. Plus, if the band ever needs to be removed, the stomach generally returns to its original form.
- Adjustable The gastric band is also the only adjustable weight-loss surgery. For example, pregnant patients can expand their band to accommodate a growing fetus, while patients who aren't experiencing significant weight loss can have their bands tightened. This is done by injecting or extracting saline from the band with a fine needle through an access port that was placed under the skin during the original surgery.