Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band


Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band
"The Band"

A silicone ring-shaped balloon is placed around the upper stomach through a tunnel created behind the stomach. The stomach is sutured around the band. Tightening or loosening the fit of the band involves puncturing a port beneath the skin with a needle every few weeks or months.

A Band is a silicone ring-shaped balloon is placed around the upper stomach through a tunnel created behind the stomach. The stomach is sutured around the band. Tightening or loosening the fit of the band involves puncturing a port beneath the skin with a needle every few weeks or months.


Possible results may include:

  • Weight loss
  • Improvement in obesity related diseases
  • Unsatisfactory amount of weight loss
  • Can be performed laparoscopically
  • Outpatient surgery takes about 20 – 30 minutes
  • No cutting of intestine
  • Anatomy remains normal
  • The inside of the stomach can still be examined with a camera or x-ray later
  • Difficult or painful swallowing
  • Esophagus problems
  • Band can move out of position and block stomach requiring surgery
  • Band can create a hole in the stomach
  • The port used to adjust band can “flip” requiring surgery to correct
  • The system can leak requiring surgery to fix
  • This artificial device can become infected
  • Unsatisfactory amount of weight loss or weight regain
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