What is laparoscopic gastric banding?
An inflatable silicone band that is placed around the top part of the stomach to create a pouch.
Inserted using keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery, this only leaves a few small scars.
How does laparoscopic gastric banding work?
- The laparoscopic gastric band restricts the amount of food that can be eaten.
- Attached to the gastric band is a port which is placed just under the skin. The port can be accessed with a needle to inflate or deflate the gastric band after surgery.
- You can expect to lose roughly fifty to sixty percent of your excess weight.
- The amount of food that can be consumed at a meal is restricted.
- Food passes through the digestive tract in the usual order, allowing it to be absorbed fully by the body.
- The band can be adjusted to increase or decrease restriction via an access port in your belly wall.
- The band can potentially be removed in the future. The aim however, is to leave in place for life as removal will result in weight re-gain.