Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

Key Points

  • The adjustable gastric band helps train you to eat slower and to chew more
  • Least operative risk among the bariatric procedures
  • Ideal patient is the one who is a volume eater and not a “sweet” eater or drinker
  • Lack of expert guidance or supervision is a major reason for failure to lose weight with the band
  • On average, 35% of excess weight loss is achieved

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding involves placing an inflatable balloon-type device around the upper portion of the stomach. This device is connected to a port placed underneath the skin that allows inflation or deflation of the band. The band is adjusted by adding water to the port every two months in the first year until a steady state in the rate of weight loss is established. Expert supervision and care in the management of band adjustments is crucial for proper weight loss and band maintenance to avoid band related complications.

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