Weight-Loss Surgery: About Gastric Band Surgery
June 14, 2012
Gastric band surgery, also referred to as “adjustable” gastric band surgery, is the least invasive type of weight-loss surgery.
The procedure is done laparoscopically and involves no stomach stapling or gastrointestinal bypass.
During the surgery, an adjustable band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach, forming a small pouch with a narrow opening into the lower stomach. The band — which can be adjusted as needed following surgery — causes food to remain in the pouch for a longer period of time, helping the individual to eat less and feel and more satisfied with less food.
Periodically, the band needs adjusting to continue the weight loss process. Adjustments are made through a port located under the skin.
Success with the adjustable gastric band is best achieved with its lifelong (or long-term) intended for use, it may be removed if necessary. Removal is also typically done laparoscopically.
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