Gastric Banding

What is Gastric Banding?

During the gastric banding procedure, Emory surgeons place an inflatable silicone band around the top portion of the patient’s stomach to create a small gastric pouch. When a patient eats, food first passes through the pouch before proceeding through the normal digestive cycle. The gastric band limits the amount of food that can enter the stomach at one time, and creates a more immediate feeling of fullness.
 
Doctors adjust how much patients can eat by injecting the gastric band with a saline solution to expand or contract it. Since the digestive process remains the same once food passes through the pouch, the body continues normal nutritional absorption.

Gastric Banding Atlanta, Georgia | Emory Bariatric CenterAfter Gastric Banding Surgery

After gastric banding surgery, patients follow up on an as needed basis after their first post op visit with Emory Bariatric Center to monitor their initial weight loss and adjust the band. Most patients return to work within a week after gastric banding surgery, and begin an exercise regimen within six weeks.
 
Post-gastric banding, patient food intake will consist of liquids and well chewed solids, including a limited amount of fish and meats. Continued healthy diet choices and exercise are necessary for patients to maintain maximum weight loss after gastric banding.

Gastric Banding Surgery Results

In line with the recommended weight loss guidelines for healthy weight reduction, the gastric banding procedure generally aids patients in losing between two to three pounds per week.
In contrast to the weight loss results of the sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass procedures, gastric banding surgery results in more slow, steady weight loss, although studies show that two years after these procedures, patients enjoy an equal amount of weight loss.

Am I a Candidate for Gastric Banding?

The ideal candidate for the lap band procedure will have a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 40, which translates to 100 pounds overweight for men and 80 pounds for women. Surgery may also be an option for people with a BMI between 35 and 40 who suffer from chronic or life threatening complications associated with obesity.

Gastric Banding Surgery Benefits

Benefits of laparoscopic gastric banding compared to other bariatric surgeries:

  • Fully reversible when medically indicated
  • No cutting or stapling of the stomach
  • Short hospital stay
  • Quick recovery
  • Adjustable without additional surgery
  • No nutrition issues (because no intestines are bypassed)
  • Fewer life-threatening complications

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