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Adjustable Gastric Banding
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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.

Benefits:

  • Limits the amount of food that can be eaten leading to weight loss
  • No removal of organs, no sutures/staples of organs
  • Reversible
  • Shown to help resolve other chronic conditions such as Diabetes, High Cholesterol, and Sleep Apnea

Risks:
In addition to the general risks that accompany all surgeries, this procedure may also lead to band migration (slip), erosion or obstruction.



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