Adjustable Gastric Band
The Adjustable Gastric Band is a surgical procedure involving the insertion of a restrictive device on the top portion of the stomach. The device creates a small pouch at the top of the stomach that holds four to eight ounces of food. The band slows the passage of food from the pouch to the rest of the stomach. Once the pouch is full, the patient feels full.
Adjustable gastric bands differ from other bariatric surgeries in that the procedure does not involve the cutting or removing of parts of the digestive system. The band can also be removed easily via a minimally invasive procedure. It can also be adjusted by adding a saline solution to the ring via an access port in the patient’s abdomen in order to achieve optimum results.
Weight-loss results from the band procedure are typically not as immediate as gastric bypass surgery. Instead, lap band patients often experience slower weight-loss over a longer period of time.