Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band

What Is a Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band?


Minimally Invasive Approach

In performing this procedure, surgeons usually use laparoscopic techniques, making small incisions with long-shafted instruments to implant an inflatable silicone band into the patient's abdomen. The band, like a wristwatch, 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 sense of fullness and are satisfied with smaller amounts of food, leading to weight loss.

Adjustable Treatment

The adjustable gastric band is the only adjustable weight loss surgery. 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 have their band deflated to accommodate nutrition for a growing fetus, and patients who aren't experiencing significant weight loss can have their bands tightened.

The size of the band can be modified by inflating its inner surface or deflating it with a saline solution. The band is connected by tubing to an access port, which is placed well below 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.

General Information

  • The goal is to lose .5 to 1 pound per week.
  • After two years, the goal is to lose 50 to 60 percent of excess body weight.
  • The first post-op follow-up appointment is two weeks after surgery.
  • The first assessment for adjustment is at week six. The patient will be reassessed for adjustment every six weeks until the six-month appointment, and then every three to six months.
  • Keep a weekly weight diary to show your doctor at every follow-up appointment.

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