Adjustable Gastric Banding is one of the safest and least invasive surgical treatments for morbid obesity. 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, Adjustable Gastric Banding is considered the least invasive of all weight loss surgeries. The surgery is done laparoscopically, which results in reduced post-operative pain, a short hospital stay (either outpatient or overnight) and quick recovery.
The gastric band is placed around the stomach and connected to an access port, which is fixed beneath the skin of the abdomen in a comfortable and discreet way. The access port can be accessed with a fine needle and allows your surgeon to adjust the stomach band to your weight loss needs and progress by adding or subtracting saline (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 inthe office, takes 5-10 minutes and – by most patient reports – is not painful.
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.
Adjustable Gastric Banding is currently indicated for patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or above. Patients with a BMI of 30-39.9 qualify if they have an obesity-related comorbidity.
Patients are asked to follow-up with us every six weeks the first year, every three months the second year, and then annually for an assessment and possible adjustment of their band.