The laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding procedure is a purely restrictive surgical procedure in which a band is placed around the uppermost part of the stomach. This band encircles the stomach and forms two connected compartments: one small and one large. Since the stomach is banded this way, most patients feel full early in a meal and therefore eat less. As the name indicates, the band is adjustable. So, if the rate of weight loss is not acceptable, or if swallowing difficulties arise, the band can be adjusted or even removed.
Below the stomach, digestion happens through normal anatomy, meaning the absorption of calories and nutrients is not altered. Frequent follow up is required since the device needs to be adjusted to work properly.
Adjustable Gastric Banding is done through small incisions (the minimally invasive approach, also known as laparoscopic surgery).
We place two brands of adjustable bands: