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Adjustable Gastric Banding

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The adjustable gastric band is often called “the band,” and it uses an adjustable band put at the top of the patient’s stomach to create a much smaller stomach pouch above the band, and below the band is the rest of the stomach. Because it is so much smaller, the stomach pouch gives the patient a sense of being full after eating only a small meal. An epidermal port adjusts the opening to the other parts of the digestive tract.

With this surgery, the weight loss is often slower than with other weight-loss surgeries. Still, giving the patient the correct aftercare and adjusting the band routinely will eventually offer a comparable amount of weight loss about three to four years after surgery.

How Gastric Banding
restricts eating

Eat less, feel full

It’s common to explain this surgery by talking about it working by creating a small stomach pouch so that eating just a tiny amount will satisfy your hunger and make you feel full. This full feeling depends on the size of the opening between the rest of the stomach and the pouch created by the band. 

The band can be filled with sterile saline to adjust the size of that opening. The saline is put into a port that is under the patient’s skin.

The opening is reduced with time

The band is adjusted with time

The idea of the band being a restrictive operation, meaning that it works by lowering the amount of food that can be taken in for each meal and restricting the food emptying through the band. It has now been challenged by some studies that demonstrate that food passes fast through the band, and feeling full and not being hungry was not because of the food that remained in the pouch that is above the band. We know that the food coming in is absorbed and digested as it normally would be, so there’s no malabsorption.

The impact clinically of the gastric band is thought to be that it makes patients less hungry, and this helps them to eat fewer calories.

Advantages of Gastric Banding:

  • It lowers the amount of food that the stomach is able to hold
  • Creates a weight loss of about 40-50% of excess weight
  • There is no stomach-cutting necessary, and the intestines are not rerouted
  • There is a shorter stay in the hospital needed with many patients being discharged the same day
  • It is both adjustable and reversible
  • For vitamin and mineral deficiencies, this surgery has the lowest risk

Risks Of Gastric Banding:

  • It comes with weight loss is that slower and less of it early on than many other weight-loss surgeries
  • Patients have a higher percentage of not losing half of their excess body weight when compared to other procedures
  • There is a foreign device that must remain inside the body
  • Rarely, the band can slip or erode into the patient’s stomach
  • The band can have mechanical problems, as can the tube or the port in rare cases
  • If the patient continues to overeat, it can cause the esophagus to dilate
  • There is a strict need for the patient to stay on a post-operative diet and to attend all follow-up visits
  • It has the highest re-operation rate

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