Gastric Banding Raleigh, North Carolina
The banding procedure involves placing an adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach. (The band is filled by adding saline fluid through a port that lies under the skin of the abdomen.) These anatomical changes function to provide a sensation of fullness after a very small meal and reduce hunger between meals.
While not common, excessive vomiting can result in band patients if they eat too quickly, take large bites of food, drink fluids with their meals/snacks, eat dry, tough, or sticky foods, or have their band adjusted to where it is too tight. If these things are not done then excessive vomiting should not be an issue in the band patient.
1.) A band is placed around the top of the stomach to create a small pouch that limits food intake.
2.) A small port is affixed inside the body that allows the band to be adjusted to make the pouch smaller or bigger.
3.) Internal incisions are closed with absorbable sutures and external incisions can be closed with sutures, steri-strips, or staples.
As a result, patients achieve sustained weight loss* by limiting food intake, reducing appetite, and slowing digestion.
Gastric Banding and LAP-BAND® System Advantages
- Lower short-term mortality rate than gastric bypass
- Minimally invasive surgical approach
- No stomach stapling or cutting, or intestinal rerouting
- Lower operative complication rate than with gastric bypass
- Low malnutrition risk
Gastric Banding and LAP-BAND® System Disadvantages
- Slower weight loss
- Regular follow-up critical for optimal results
- Requires an implanted medical device
- In some cases, effectiveness may be reduced due to slippage of the LAPBAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System
- In some cases, the access port may leak and require minor revisional surgery
Gastric Banding and LAP-BAND® System Risks
Mortality rate: 0.05%:
- Standard risks associated with major surgery
- Nausea and vomiting
- LAP-BAND® System slippage
- Stoma obstruction
- Band erosion
LAP-BAND® System Recovery Timeline
- Hospital stay is often same day or less than 24 hours
- Most patients return to normal activity in about 1 week
- Full surgical recovery usually occurs in about 2 weeks
*Results will vary between patients