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Gastric Banding or Lap Band
Adjustable gastric banding is a restrictive type of weight loss surgery. The procedure is usually performed laparoscopically or via ‘keyhole’ surgery. It involves placing a silicone band with an inflatable inner collar around the upper stomach to restrict food intake. This creates a small pouch and a narrow passage to the lower stomach. This small passage delays the emptying of food from the pouch and causes a feeling of fullness. The silicone band can be tightened or loosened over time to change the size of the passage.
The band is connected to a small port that is placed in the abdominal wall. The inner diameter of the band can be adjusted by injecting saline through this port. Your surgeon makes periodic adjustments based on your weight loss and symptoms after surgery.