Adjustable gastric banding
This surgery is suggested for patients with a BMI of 35 or above. Also known as lap banding or Realize banding, adjustable gastric band surgery promotes excess weight loss (about 40-50%). It is specifically designed for obese patients with comorbidities such as GERD, metabolic syndrome, osteoarthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.
How It Works
This laparoscopic surgery is done by making small incisions in the upper abdomen. The surgeon puts an adjustable band around the top part of the abdomen to create a small-sized pouch which holds about half a cup of food instead of 6 cups (that the entire stomach holds). It ultimately means that you’ll feel satiated, even if you eat a small quantity of food. And thus, gastric band surgery triggers weight-loss.
Patients who undergo adjustable gastric banding surgery don’t have to take risk of getting stomach cut or reroute their intestines. These patients live a healthier life by spending time doing physical activities and eating healthy. Benefits of gastric banding include short hospital stay, quick recovery, no cutting or stapling of the stomach, fewer life-threatening complications, and no malabsorption issues.