This procedure is restrictive. The surgeon places an adjustable band at the top of the stomach to create a small pouch. The band can be adjusted to increase or decrease the restricted area of the stomach through a port. The opening to the rest of the digestive tract is adjustable through an epidermal port.
Weight loss is slower than alternative weight loss procedures, but with appropriate aftercare and routine band adjustments, ultimately results in comparable long-term weight loss 3 or 4 years after surgery. Risks associated with adjustable gastric banding include band erosion or slippage, equipment malfunction, or infection.
WHY CHOOSE ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BANDING
- makes you feel full after limited food
- does not cause vitamin or mineral deficiencies due to malabsorption
- is less invasive than other procedures
- is reversible
- offers more flexibility through the adjustable feature