What is a gastric band?
Without any stomach cutting or stapling, the gastric band reduces your stomach's capacity, restricting the amount of food you are able to eat at one time. Plus, you feel full faster and stay full longer, so you wind up eating less.
How it's done: In most cases, the gastric band is put into place during a laparoscopic procedure, using general anesthesia. The procedure is performed using long, thin instruments inserted through a few tiny incisions. Often done on an outpatient basis, the surgery itself typically takes about an hour.
Step One: Your surgeon implants the gastric band around the upper part of your stomach, much like a belt.
Step Two: A tube is then connected from the gastric band to a small access port, fixed beneath the skin of your abdomen.
Step Three: After the first four to six weeks, adjustments to the gastric band are made through the access port. This is done as needed, more frequently in the first year, to maintain optimal weight loss, by adding or removing saline solution.
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