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Gastric Band

The gastric band is a bariatric procedure that can result in weight loss but does not involve any cutting or stapling of the stomach. It consists of placing a silicon band around the upper part of the stomach to reduce food intake and promote weight loss. Since this procedure does not involve any physical alteration to a patient’s anatomy, it is viewed as being simple and safe while also being reversible. 

How it Works

The gastric band works by placing a silicon device around the upper part of the stomach. The band, which is inflatable, is connected to tubing that then connects to an access port. This access port is placed under the skin on the abdominal wall. After insertion, the surgeon will inject a saline solution into the band through the port. This causes the band to tighten and thus results in patients experiencing a faster feeling of fullness.

The gastric band procedure takes about 30 minutes to perform and patients can expect to go home the same day of their procedure. Patients can return to work immediately and can resume normal activities in approximately 2 weeks from the device insertion.  

Benefits

Patients who have the gastric band inserted can expect to lose about 40% of their excess body weight. 
*Excess body weight is the percentage of how much weight was lost based on how much you have or want to lose.
Low risk and removable
Improvement or resolution of serious medical conditions
Long term cost savings as a result of reduced medical care
Improvement in overall health and quality of life

Risks

Before considering any surgical procedure, you should be familiar with the potential risks.
Minor complications that uncommon and can be managed fairly easily:
  • Band/tubing leak
  • Esophageal spasm
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Port-site infection
  • Development of gallstones
  • Weight gain or failure to lose satisfactory weight 
Major complications, that could result in re-operation:
  • Migration of device or band slippage
  • Pouch dilation
  • Erosion of the band implant into the wall of the stomach
  • Erosion of the tubing or bowel obstruction