Adjustable Gastric Band

A minimally invasive option to help you lose weight

Gastric banding is when a surgeon places a small adjustable ring around the top part of the stomach, making the size of the stomach opening smaller. Often known as a lap band (short for laparoscopic adjustable gastric band), it slows how fast you can eat, which reduces the amount of food consumed. Your doctor can adjust the size of the band by filling it with more saline solution injected into a port. This procedure has a quick recovery time than other weight loss procedure. The weight loss experience may start slower than other procedures, but you can still lose 40 percent to 50 percent of excess weight.

Is the gastric band right for me?

  • You must commit to making lifestyle changes to be successful. This is a permanent and non-reversible procedure.
  • The procedure is usually reserved for people whose BMI is greater than 40.
  • If you have a BMI between 35 and 39.9 accompanied by a life-threatening condition such as heart disease or diabetes, you might be a candidate.
  • If you have BMI between 35 and 39.9 and physical limitations are affecting your job, mobility and other quality-of-life issues, you might also be a candidate.

What are some of the benefits of the gastric band?

  • Long-term weight loss                                                                                                   
  • Improvement of obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea                                                                                                
  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease                                                                                                 
  • Better stamina and mobility                                                                                                   
  • Higher self-esteem and better mood 

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