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Gastric Band Surgery

Epidemic-of-ObesitityFor over 20 years, bariatric surgeons have been using the adjustable gastric band ( also referred to as the Realize® Band and Lap Band©) as an effective method in achieving significant weight-loss. The adjustable gastric band is a device that is placed on the upper portion of the stomach. The gastric band creates a feeling of fullness with less food. As a result, you eat less food and lose weight. It is especially useful, safe and effective for lower body mass index (BMI) patients.

During the procedure, surgeons use small incisions and long-shafted instruments to implant an inflatable silicone band into the patient's abdomen. The band is fastened around the upper portion of the stomach to create a new, smaller stomach pouch that limits the amount of food you eat. The small outlet below this pouch slows the emptying process into the stomach and the intestines. This causes patients to feel an earlier sensation of fullness with smaller amounts of food consumed at meals, and absent or decreased cravings for snacking between meals, which results in weight loss.

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Nancy-video“Since the band surgery my weight loss has been remarkable. I started at 435 pounds, with a BMI of 55.8. (22 months after the procedure), I have lost about 185 pounds, with a BMI of 32.1.”

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The gastric band is also the only adjustable weight loss surgery in the United States

Epidemic-of-ObesitityFor example, pregnant patients can have their band deflated to accommodate a growing fetus. To adjust the size of the band, the physician can inflate or deflate it with saline solution. The band is connected to a port placed well 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. This allows patients to have their bands adjusted according to need.

Main Advantages Main Disadvantages
Least invasive of all surgical weight loss options, shorter hospital stay. Slower initial weight loss (40-50% of Excess Weight.
No cutting, stapling or rerouting of the stomach. Regular follow-up visits for adjustments critical for optimal results.
A purely restrictive weight loss method Requires an implanted device, risk of slippage
Patients rarely have vitamin deficiencies because there is no malabsorption Less weight Loss than gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy procedures
Can be adjusted or removed to me individual needs. Greater reliance on patience compliance to in eating for success


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