Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
Gastric band surgery is a popular weight loss surgery choice. It’s a less invasive procedure than some other weight loss surgeries and has fewer complications. It’s called a restrictive procedure because it reduces the amount of food you eat and thereby decreases your calorie intake.
What does a gastric band procedure involve?
In this procedure a constricting ring is placed around your stomach to create a small upper stomach pouch. This smaller stomach allows you to feel full even when you’ve only eaten a small amount of food. It’s performed by keyhole surgery using a tiny camera called a laparoscope.
The opening between the upper and lower part of your stomach is kept narrow to pass your food slowly through. Your gastric band can be adjusted in an outpatient clinic to allow sufficient food to pass through whilst ensuring that you retain a feeling of fullness. These band fills involve simply injected more saline into the band to tighten it.
After your operation you’ll have regular follow ups with your bariatric surgeon and dietician.
How does a gastric band work?
A gastric band works by restricting your stomach’s capacity and slowing the passage of food through the upper part of your stomach, creating a sensation of fullness, even if only a small amount of food has been eaten.
Why choose a gastric band procedure?
- Less invasive than other weight loss surgeries.
- Performed under general anaesthetic so you’ll be asleep and won’t feel any pain during surgery.
- Usually you go home the following day and recovery is within one to two weeks after the operation.
- Can inflate/deflate the band to control the rate at which food passes from your upper pouch to the lower section of your stomach, as required.
- Reversible operation.
- Many patients see significant weight loss.
How much weight can I lose with a gastric band?
On average people lose a significant 40 to 50 percent of their excess weight over 12 to 24 months.
Your hunger won’t be fully reduced with a gastric band so you need to control your calorie intake and exercise to meet your weight loss goals.
Things to bear in mind when considering a gastric band
Weight loss is more gradual than with some other surgical options.
You’ll need to attend several outpatient appointments for gastric band adjustments.
You must be committed to keeping to a diet programme and lifestyle changes to achieve and maintain weight loss goals.
Am I eligible for a gastric band surgery?
To be eligible for gastric band surgery you must fulfil the following criteria:
- a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 35 plus and have a medical condition like high blood pressure and diabetes or a BMI of 40 plus
- be aged 18 or over
- be prepared to maintain a medically supervised program
- be fit enough to have anaesthesia and surgery.