What is the Adjustable Gastric Band?
Adjustable Gastric banding is one of the safest, most effective and least invasive surgical
treatments for morbid obesity and weight loss available today in the United States. Sometimes referred to as a stomach band, it uses a silicone ring filled with saline on its inner hollow surface, which is placed around the upper part of your stomach. This creates a new, smaller stomach pouch that can hold only a small amount of food, thus making you feel fuller sooner, and your satisfaction lasts longer than before.
Since there is no cutting or stapling of the stomach or re-routing of the intestines, stomach band surgery is considered the least invasive of all weight loss surgeries. The surgery is done laparoscopically which allows for reduced post-operative pain, short hospital stay and quick recovery. There are currently two brands available in the United States: LAP-BAND® and REALIZE® band. Both stomach bands are fairly similar and work the same way. Both stomach bands are offered by our practice.
The gastric band placed around the stomach is connected to an access port, which is fixed beneath the skin of your abdomen in a comfortable and discreet way. The access port can be accessed with a fine needle and allows your surgeon to adjust your stomach band to your weight loss needs and progress by adding or subtracting saline, or salt water, inside the inner balloon. Adjustable gastric banding is the only stomach band surgery for weight loss that is adjustable. The adjustment procedure is done in the office, takes 5-10 minute and – by most patient reports – is not painful.
Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery is Reversible
While it is intended to be a permanent device, the stomach band can be removed at any time. If for any reason the adjustable gastric band needs to be removed, the stomach and other anatomy typically return to their original state and function.
Looking for More Information on Stomach Band Surgery or Other Weight Loss Surgery Options?
Informational seminars are routinely held twice every month at Virginia Hospital Center. Seminars allow patients to meet the surgeons, learn the differences between weight loss surgeries such as sleeve gastrectomy, lap band and gastric bypass and obtain more information on weight loss surgery including the risks and benefits, the alternative therapies and the expectations before and after surgery.