Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band gained worldwide acceptance as the safest bariatric procedure. The principle is placement of a silicone band around the upper portion of the stomach in order to separate it from the lower compartment. When you eat, food accumulates in the upper comparment leading to its distention, which in turn gives a feeling of satiety and fullness, strong enough to prevent you from increasing the amount of daily caloric intake. When restriction is not satisfying enough, our surgeon may need to introduce saline into the band through its subcutaneous port in order to narrow the opening of the band.
Gastric banding is an effective operation that addresses both the loss of excess weight as well as resolution of comorbidities. These results largely rely on correct adjustments as well as on your own behavior and lifestyle modifications. Many patients with bands may require some kind of reoperation later on in their course either for repositioning the band or removal of it.