Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program

Adjustable Gastric Band

Overview

The least invasive bariatric surgery available, the adjustable gastric band procedure assists in weight loss by limiting food intake. Using open or laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon places an adjustable band around a portion of the upper stomach to form a small gastric pouch. When food enters the pouch it stays there longer, causing a feeling of fullness.

Periodically, the band will need adjustment to continue the weight loss process. This is done through a port located under the skin. There is no stomach stapling or gastrointestinal bypass with the adjustable gastric band procedure.

While the adjustable gastric band is intended for long-term use, it may be removed if necessary. This is typically done laparoscopically.