The adjustable gastric band is a restrictive procedure limiting the amount of food consumed at one time.
1. A band is placed around the uppermost part of the stomach, creating a restricted portion of the stomach. This is indented to limit the amount of food that can be eaten.
2. A port is placed under the skin near the umbilicus (naval) where adjustments are made with a small needle. Saline solution travels from the port to the inflatable ballon attached to the band. An increase or decrease in the amount of fluid added leads to a “tighter” or “looser” fitting band.
3. Adjustments are made periodically for optimal results. Adjustments can be done in the office but on rare occasions radiology intervention may be required.
The band procedure is performed using a minimally invasive or laparoscopic technique. Most patients go home the same day of surgery (outpatient), but some patients are discharged the next day, if needed.