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Gastric Band System

The gastric band system can help you lose weight by using an adjustable band to help limit the amount of food your stomach can hold. Gastric banding surgery is the least invasive type of bariatric procedure. When it is combined with a commitment to changing your lifestyle after surgery, it can be the most effective treatment, particularly if you have a lower body mass index (BMI).

How it’s done

Your surgeon will use an adjustable band to section off a small pocket in the upper part of your stomach. This will greatly reduce the amount of food the stomach can hold, and will make you feel full after after you eat smaller portions of food. The band is connected to an access port that is implanted just under your skin, so that the surgeon can inject or withdraw fluid to adjust the tightness of the gastric band. As you progressively lose weight, your surgeon can adjust the band to maintain the “fullness” effect and help curb your appetite.

To insert the gastric band, your surgeon will make a few small incisions in the abdomen and insert special surgical instruments, along with a miniature camera. The camera lets the surgeon see inside your body without making a large cut. Because of the minimally invasive nature of the surgery, your body can recover faster, giving you more time to start your new healthy lifestyle.

What are the advantages to the gastric band system?

With the gastric band in place, the digestive system slows, which can satisfy your appetite for several hours. Although you’re eating less food, there is no effect on the absorption of nutrients. Patients can expect to lose 55 to 80 percent of excess body weight over one to two years.

Gastric band surgery is minimally invasive, meaning patients could benefit from a shorter hospital stay, less pain, fewer complications after surgery and a quicker recovery. Losing weight can give you more energy, allowing you to exercise and stay active. Because of this, it’s possible that certain obesity-related conditions such as diabetes or sleep apnea improve.

Compared to gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding surgery does not require the surgeon to cut or reattach any part of the stomach or small intestine. In some cases, your surgeon may even remove the gastric band once you reach your target weight.

The gastric band is the only adjustable weight-loss surgery. The diameter of the band is adjustable for a customized weight-loss rate. To modify the size of the band, its inner surface can be inflated or deflated with a saline solution via an access port placed well below the skin during the surgery. The saline is administered as needed through the skin using a fine needle.

Is the gastric band system right for me?

To reach your goal weight, patients need to dedicate themselves to a healthier lifestyle after surgery. The success of the gastric band greatly depends on eating right and staying active after the procedure. As part of our weight-loss process, you will attend educational seminars to learn about the benefits and risks of gastric band surgery.

There are currently two excellent gastric band systems available. Please take the time to visit each website to become well-informed and help determine which one is best for you.

Visit www.lapband.com for more information.

For more details about the benefits and risks, contact our office at 702-313-8446.