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.
Gastric Banding - Click on the image
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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.
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”
Minimally invasive surgical option
No intestinal re-routing
No cutting or stapling of the stomach wall or
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
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