Adjustable Gastric Banding
The adjustable gastric band (including brands such as Lap-Band and Realize Band) is a device that is placed on the upper portion of the stomach. Like gastric bypass surgery, Lap-Band surgery is done laparoscopically with minimal incisions. The gastric band creates a feeling of fullness with less food. Additionally, the adjustable band does not require stapling or the removal of the stomach or intestine.
Advantages of Adjustable Gastric Banding
The adjustable gastric band has been shown to be effective and safe, especially for lower body mass index (BMI) patients. However, long-term studies have shown a higher re-operation rate occurring over time.
Risks of Adjustable Gastric Banding
Removing or replacing a band, although a laparoscopic procedure, is higher risk than the original procedure; therefore, although the adjustable gastric band is one of our safest operations when first put in, the long-term risks can be higher than some of the more complex procedures.
More information about Adjustable Gastric Banding
Should you and your surgeon determine this to be the best weight loss surgery for you, know that we’ll be with you every step of the way!
Patients in Fresno, California and surrounding areas can learn more about the adjustable gastric band and lap band surgery, by attending one of our seminars or clicking here to view our online seminar. Please feel to contact our office by phone with any questions, at 866.433.8558.