Bariatric Procedure

Gastric Band


Gastric Band

The gastric banding surgery is a bariatric procedure that can result in weight loss but does not involve any cutting or stapling of the stomach. It consists of placing a silicone band-like device around the upper part of the stomach to reduce food intake and promote weight loss. Since this procedure does not involve any physical alteration to a patient’s anatomy, it is viewed as being simple and safe while also being reversible.

An easier journey to bariatric surgery
Low risk and removable
Longer Life
Improvement or resolution of serious medical conditions
More Happiness
Improvement in overall health and quality of life
Lower Medical Costs
Long term cost savings as a result of reduced medical care
How Its Done

The gastric band works by placing a silicone device around the upper part of the stomach. The band, which is inflatable, is connected to tubing that then connects to an access port. This access port is placed under the skin on the abdominal wall. After insertion, the surgeon will inject a saline solution into the band through the port. The saline causes the band to tighten and thus results in patients experiencing a faster feeling of fullness.

The gastric band weight loss surgery procedure takes about 30 minutes to perform, and patients can expect to go home the same day of their procedure. Patients can return to work immediately and can resume normal activities in approximately two weeks from the device insertion.

Results that change lives.
Average Weight Loss
~40% of excess weight loss
Diabetes Resolution
50+% patients cured of diabetes
Reduction in Medication Use
40+% free from medication
Quality of Life
100% Improvement
Gastric Band Risks
Potential Risks

Before considering the gastric band, it is important to be familiar with the potential risks of bariatric procedures. Risks vary based on the health of the patient.

  • Minor Complications
  • Major Complications
Minor Complications
  • Band/tubing leak
  • Esophageal spasm
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Port-site infection
  • Development of gallstones
  • Weight gain or failure to lose satisfactory weight
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Major Complications
  • Migration of device or band slippage
  • Pouch dilation
  • Erosion of the band implant into the wall of the stomach
  • Erosion of the tubing or bowel obstruction
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Gastric Band FAQs
Should I get the gastric band or the gastric sleeve/bypass?
The gastric band procedure is a bariatric option for patients who are looking to lose some weight with a less invasive approach. The gastric band should be considered only when patients are comfortable losing up to 40% of their weight.
How much weight will I lose after this procedure?
Research shows that patients will lose between 40% of their excess weight. Patients who achieve greater success after have the gastric band placed are those individuals who follow their surgeon and dietitians' instructions and incorporate exercise into their daily activities.
After I lose weight, can I have my band removed?
The gastric band is intended to stay in place indefinitely. Once the band is removed, patients will no longer feel as satiated and may begin eating larger portions, ultimately gaining weight. However, the gastric band is removable and reversible, therefore it can be removed if needed.
Can I get pregnant with the gastric band?
Yes, you can become pregnant with the gastric band, however, we advise that you wait at least a year after placement to get pregnant. Most weight loss will occur within the first year of band placement, therefore it is best to wait until your weight stabilizes to begin thinking about becoming pregnant.
Will I have to take vitamins for life after having the gastric banding procedure?
Due to the fact that the gastric band does not result in malabsorption—only restriction of food intake—you will not need to take vitamins for life after this procedure. However, we do recommend patients take a multivitamin and eat a nutritious diet to get all the vitamins and minerals they need.
How many times can my gastric band be adjusted?
There is no limit to the amount of times that the gastric band can be adjusted. Most patients will need three adjustments during the first year of placement, however if your surgeon finds it necessary, it can be adjusted more often.
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