ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BANDING
Adjustable gastric banding surgery is one of the safest surgical weight loss options available for the treatment of morbid obesity.
During adjustable gastric band surgery, a band made of silicone is placed around the upper part of the stomach. The band is placed by using laparoscopic techniques, making a few small keyhole incisions in the stomach and guiding the instruments with a camera. Inside the gastric band is a reservoir that can be adjusted through an access port placed just below the skin. The access port is connected to the band by a thin tube to allow for adjustments. The gastric band controls the opening between the upper and lower part of the stomach. Eating just a small amount of food will satisfy hunger while promoting the feeling of fullness. Unlike gastric bypass, there is no cutting of the stomach or intestine.
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GASTRIC BAND ADJUSTMENTS
One of the key features of a gastric band is that it can be adjusted during a simple office visit. Your weight loss surgeon will gradually reduce the size of the opening over time with repeated adjustments, which are also known as “fills.” On average most patients have four to six adjustments within their first year after surgery and then one every year after that.
ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BAND RESULTS
Patients who have adjustable gastric band surgery can expect to lose roughly 40 to 50 percent of their excess body weight within the first three years after their surgery. Significant weight loss will occur in the first 12 months following surgery and gradually decline after that.
ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BAND CONCERNS
Patients who have bariatric surgery, such as gastric banding, should be aware of the potential risks and complications:
- Foods such as fibrous vegetables or doughy bread can cause stoma obstruction (stomach-band outlet blockage).
- The stomach may slip upwards through the band. This can occur when there is trauma to the stomach, such as excessive vomiting.
- Patients may experience gastroesophageal reflux, especially if the band is over-filled or too tight.
GASTRIC BAND SURGEONS
Griffin Hospital’s bariatric program is an excellent choice for bariatric surgery procedures. Our experienced weight loss surgeons, caring staff, and state-of-the-art facilities are second to none. Register for a free seminar to learn how you can achieve weight loss success.
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