Gastric Banding

Our practice uses the LAP-BAND ™ gastric banding system. We implant two devices in the abdomen: a silicone band and an injection port. The silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating two connected chambers of the stomach. The injection port is attached to the abdominal wall underneath the skin and connected to the lap-band with soft, thin tubing. The lap-band is adjustable and several adjustments will be made periodically after the procedure is completed. The Physician uses a needle to inject saline solution into your band through the port, increasing the amount of restriction provided by the band, which in turn can help you feel fuller.

What to Expect after the Gastric Banding Procedure:

Recovery times can vary between patients, depending on the procedure and the patient’s general health. As a rule of thumb, however, the less invasive nature of the gastric lap-banding procedure lends itself to a reduced recovery time. Our physicians will advise you on when you can return to normal activity. Gastric Banding patients can usually see a loss of over 50 percent of their excess body weight, and most patients have reported that Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol issues have be improved or resolved.

Considerations and Risks of Gastric Banding:

Gastric banding can help you feel satisfied sooner, but you will have to follow specific diet and exercise guidelines in order to reach and maintain your weight goals. Gastric banding requires more follow-up care than most other bariatric surgeries and since the band is adjustable, it will be tweaked over the course of several months. Even after reaching your ideal weight, you may need to see us periodically to adjust the band further.

Risks include:

  • Migration of implant (band erosion,
    band slippage, port displacement)
  • Tubing-related complications
    (port disconnection, tubing kinking)
  • Band leak
  • Esophageal spasm
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Inflammation of the esophagus or stomach
  • Port-site infection
  • Inherent risks of any surgical procedure

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