Gastric banding is a restrictive surgical procedure. During this procedure, two medical devices are implanted in the patient: a silicone band and an injection port. The silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach and molds the stomach into two connected chambers. The injection port is attached to the abdominal wall, underneath the skin. The port is connected to the band with soft, thin tubing.
The band is adjustable. Adjustments are made by your healthcare professional using a needle to inject saline solution into your band through the port. Adding saline increases the amount of restriction provided by the band, helping patients feel fuller sooner and with less food.
Advantages of Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding:
- Gastric banding is the least invasive weight loss procedure
- No re-routing of the intestine
- No opening of the stomach or intestine
- Less pain than most weight loss surgeries
- Shorter hospital stay
- Reduced recovery time
- Reduced chances of nutritional deficiencies.
- Mortality rate is greatly reduced when compared with other weight loss procedures.
- No dumping syndrome associated with this surgery.
- Band is adjustable.
Disadvantages of Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding:
- Potential for injury to stomach during surgery.
- Major complications occur at a rate of 3 -10% requiring additional surgery.
- Slipping of the band can require further surgery.
- Should the band become infected surgery would be needed to replace it.
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