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Gastric Banding Overview

Induces weight loss by reducing appetite and also by reducing the capacity of the stomach, which restricts the amount of food that can be consumed.

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Minimally Invasive Approach

During the procedure, surgeons usually use laparoscopic techniques (using small incisions and long-shafted instruments), to implant an inflatable silicone band into the patient's abdomen. Like a wristwatch, the band is fastened around the upper stomach to create a new, tiny stomach pouch that limits and controls the amount of food you eat. It also creates a small outlet that slows the emptying process into the stomach and the intestines. As a result, patients experience an earlier sensation of fullness and are satisfied with smaller amounts of food. In turn, this results in weight loss.

Least Traumatic Procedure

As there is no cutting or stapling of the stomach or stomach re-routing involved with “Gastric Banding”, it is considered one of the least traumatic of all weight loss operations. The laparoscopic approach to the surgery also offers the advantages of reduced post-operative pain, shortened hospital stay and quicker recovery. If for any reason the Gastric Band needs to be removed, this can generally be performed with minimal risk.

Adjustable Treatment

The Gastric Band is also the only adjustable weight loss operation. The diameter of the band is adjustable for a customized weight-loss rate. Your individual needs can change as you lose weight. For example, pregnant patients can expand their band to accommodate a growing foetus, while patients who aren't experiencing significant weight loss can have their bands tightened.

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To modify the size of the band, its inner surface can be inflated or deflated with a saline solution. The band is connected by tubing to an access port, which is placed under the skin during surgery. After the operation, the surgeon can control the amount of saline in the band by entering the port with a fine needle through the skin.

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Advantages of “Gastric Banding”

Minimal Trauma

  • Minimally invasive surgical option
  • No intestinal re-routing
  • No cutting or stapling of the stomach wall or bowel
  • Reduced patient pain, hospital length-of-stay and recovery period

Fewer Risks and Side Effects

  • Significantly lower mortality risk than some other obesity surgery procedures
  • Low risk of nutritional deficiencies associated with gastric bypass
  • No “dumping syndrome” related to dietary intake restrictions

Adjustable

  • Allows individualized degree of restriction for ideal, long-term weight loss. Adjustments performed without additional surgery
  • Supports pregnancy by allowing stomach outlet size to be opened for increased nutritional needs

Reversible

  • Removable at any time