Gastric banding is a surgery that aids in weight loss by altering the size of the stomach with the help of a band. After this surgery, your stomach’s size will be smaller and hence you will feel full with lesser food. The stomach band works by limiting the amount of food you can eat, therefore making you feel full after even eating lesser food. Weight loss is the ultimate goal of surgery for the treatment of obesity and should be undertaken only when lifestyle modifications do not work in reducing obesity.
How does Gastric Banding work?
Gastric banding works on mainly restriction. The size of the stomach pouch is decreased, therefore restricting your caloric intake.
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (AGB) is a minimally invasive surgery that puts the band with a miniature camera. Your surgeon will place a band around the upper stomach to create a small pouch that holds food.
The surgical procedure is performed under the influence of general anesthesia mostly and requires a dedicated change in eating habits after the surgery to achieve the aim of the surgery.
What are the advantages of Gastric Banding?
The size of the stomach is significantly reduced which ensures early satiety or full feeling. Gastric banding is an example of a restrictive procedure. The advantages of restrictive procedures include:
1) Weight loss, and
2) Improvement of comorbidities such as:
- Diabetes mellitus,
- Sleep Apnea,
- Gastro-esophageal reflux disease,
- Joint pain,
- High cholesterol,
- Stress incontinence, and
- Low back pain.