What Is Gastric Band Surgery?
The laparoscopic, adjustable, gastric band procedure reduces weight loss primarily through restriction. Unlike the band from decades ago, the stomach is neither opened nor stapled! Rather, a band is placed around the outside of the upper-most stomach, creating an hourglass-shaped stomach. This produces a small, narrow, controlled and adjustable outlet that allows for management of the rate at which food travels from the upper to the lower stomach. Stretch at the upper stomach (from a small amount of food) above the band causes you to have a profound sense of fullness. Band constriction causes food to slowly pass from the pouch, which maintains stretch on the upper pouch and leads to a prolonged sense of fullness with much less hunger. Through good nutrition and smaller portion sizes, patients are satisfied with smaller meals that easily fill the small upper stomach. Depending on your unique needs, this surgery can be an excellent tool for gaining long-term control of weight.
Gastric Band Surgery Advantages
- Almost always inserted laparoscopically, without the usual large incision.
- Restrictive: become full with smaller portions and stay full longer.
- Infection and complications are reduced: Does not require any opening in the gastrointestinal tract.
- No stapling or permanent changes to the stomach.
- No hospitalization: Most gastric band patients go home from surgery the same day.
- Adjustable: Provides a customizable weight loss management tool (unlike gastric bypass or sleeve).
- Reversible, if necessary.
Is the gastric band right for you?
Gastric band patients should meet certain eligibility requirements that will help ensure that weight is lost safely.
- At least 18 years of age
- Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 Kilogram per square meter or at least 30 Kilogram per square meter with one or more obesity-related comorbid conditions
- You have had a history* of unsuccessful weight loss attempts
- You are not currently suffering from any other disease that may have caused your excess weight
- You do not drink alcohol in excess
- You are prepared to make major changes in your eating habits and lifestyle
- You are not currently pregnant (patients who become pregnant after their gastric band placement may require adjustments or removal)
*Check with your insurance company for more information about its requirement for history of weight loss attempts.
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What Is Gastric Band Management?
The gastric band is surgically implanted during a short laparoscopic procedure (usually less than a half hour). The adjustable band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach, creating a pouch and significantly restricting the amount of food that can enter the stomach. The inflation “port” is placed under the skin, in the deep subcutaneous tissue, in the left mid-abdomen. It allows for periodic adjustments to the volume of the pouch outlet to “tighten” the band. The band can be made tighter to increase restriction and speed of weight loss, or looser to slow down desired weight loss. These adjustments are performed in the office in minutes.
Denver Center for Bariatric Surgery provides a home for any patient who has undergone gastric banding surgery procedures. Whether you’ve lived here all your life or you have recently moved to the Colorado and Greater Denver area, consider us a resource for your gastric band management needs:
- Gastric Band Complication Consultation
- Gastric Band Fills and Gastric Band Unfills
- Gastric Band Diet and Nutrition Management
- Gastric Band Revision and Removal Surgery
- Gastric Band Conversion to: Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, Band over Bypass