GASTRIC BAND SURGERY
Gastric banding is designed to restrict the amount of food that can be eaten by creating a small pouch of stomach. The adjustable band is wrapped around the top of the stomach to reduce its size. The small pouch distends with a small amount of food giving patients a sensation of fullness and stops the need to eat large portion sized meals.
The band itself is made of special silicone and connected via plastic tubing to a reservoir port implanted in the patient’s abdominal wall under the skin. The amount of fluid injected into the port gradually increases the restriction on the stomach and sense of fullness.
Who is gastric banding best suited to?
- Less invasive
- Gastric banding could help patients to achieve approximately 40% loss of excess weight*
- Those who want the option of future reversal.
Possible side effects
Like most other procedures, the gastric band surgery can cause some minor side effects, including nausea and vomiting, which can be reduced by adjusting the band’s tightness. In some cases, patients may experience minor bleeding, but this occurs in very minimal instances.
What are the benefits?
- Performed through a keyhole
- May lose up to half to two-thirds of excess weight*
- No stomach parts are removed or stapled
- Nutrients and vitamins are still absorbed in the same way as before procedure.
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