How Does Adjustable Gastric Banding Work?
This procedure uses a circular balloon band that is placed around the top of the stomach. The band creates a small stomach pouch that works to restrict the amount of food the stomach can hold. The size of the band can be adjusted by your doctor in follow-up visits. The doctor inflates or deflates the balloon using water through a port placed just under the skin.
How Long will Surgery Take?
The adjustable gastric band procedure takes about one hour. It is performed laparoscopically, so there is no large incision. There is typically a one-day hospital stay for this procedure.
What are the Advantages?
This procedure has several advantages over other gastric options. The surgery itself usually offers a quicker recovery time. The placement of the adjustable gastric band has a lower risk of complications than other procedures. The band can also be adjusted or even removed in the future.
What are the Disadvantages?
The gastric band typically leads to slower weight loss than other gastric procedures. You will also need to have more frequent follow-up visits with your doctor. During these visits, he or she may make adjustments to your band by inflating or deflating the balloon.