Gastric banding is adjustable and is the least invasive weight loss procedure. This procedure does not require re-routing of the intestine or interfering with the normal digestive process. It does require the implantation of a gastric band device — a silicone band placed on the upper part of your stomach — creating a small, golf-ball-sized pouch. Your stomach will hold less food, and the band slows down food motility through your stomach.
Your appetite will decrease, you will feel fuller faster and you will eat less and still be satisfied!
Weight loss is gradual, and the gastric band can be adjusted in the office. You will have a shorter hospital stay and recovery time with this surgery compared to traditional gastric bypass surgery. Regular follow-up visits will be required.
This procedure is reversible and should not cause permanent changes to your gastrointestinal tract. The risk of complications with the gastric band is significantly less than with gastric bypass surgery.
Gastric banding is ideal for individuals who desire reversibility. Individuals with conditions such as gastric inflammatory diseases, heart or lung disease, and anatomical abnormalities of the gastrointestinal components (esophagus, stomach or intestines) may not qualify for gastric band surgery.
The gastric band procedure only takes about an hour to complete under general anesthesia. Since this surgery is laparoscopic, the surgeon will make small incisions in your abdomen instead of one big incision, and insert the special video camera, the surgical instruments and the gastric band.
The gastric band is positioned around your stomach, locked and secured in place by sutures. A port is then attached to your abdominal wall. This is where the doctor will inject saline into the gastric band device to adjust the restriction on your stomach to suit your specific weight loss needs. Saline is not usually injected until about six weeks after surgery, giving your body time to heal and adjust to the device.