Gastric banding is a restrictive surgical procedure. During this procedure, two medical devices are implanted in the patient: a silicone band and an injection port. The silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach and molds the stomach into two connected chambers.
The injection port is attached to the abdominal wall, underneath the skin. The port is connected to the band with soft, thin tubing.
The band is adjustable. Adjustments are made by your healthcare professional using a needle to inject saline solution into your band through the port. Adding saline increases the amount of restriction provided by the band, helping patients feel fuller sooner and with less food.
Gastric banding patients typically lost 47% of their excess weight.
Studies found that gastric banding:
One meta-analysis stated that for bariatric surgery patients who experienced significant weight loss:
Your healthcare team will advise you when to return to work and when you are able to resume normal activities.
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