Gastric banding is a type of bariatric surgery that helps patients lose weight by restricting the amount of food they require to feel full. It is the least invasive type of bariatric surgery and typically has a faster recovery than gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy. If you’re considering gastric banding to help you lose weight, here is what you need to know about the procedure.
What Is Gastric Banding?
During gastric banding , your surgeon will place a band tightly around the upper part of your stomach to create a small pouch. This pouch will become the part of your stomach that takes food in while you are eating; because of the reduced size, you will feel full from much less food. The food in the small pouch will then slowly empty into the lower part of your stomach for digestion. Gastric banding is a laparoscopic procedure, so your surgeon will only need to make one to four small incisions in your stomach. Unlike with other types of bariatric surgery, no portion of the stomach is removed.
What Happens During Recovery?
Most patients stay in the hospital overnight after gastric banding and miss approximately one week of work. You will need to stick to a liquid diet for two to three weeks as you recover, and then transition to soft foods before returning to normal foods after six weeks. Your surgeon will tell you when it is safe to begin exercising and offer advice on healthy eating habits.
How Much Weight Can I Lose?
Weight loss is generally smaller with gastric banding than with other bariatric surgeries. You can expect to lose between one third and one half of your excess weight. The band around your stomach is adjustable via an access port under your skin, so if you are not losing enough weight or losing weight too quickly, your surgeon can adjust the band.
Let the bariatric surgeons at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas help you determine the right approach to weight loss surgery for you. For answers to all of your questions about bariatric surgery or for a referral to a physician, please call (702) 233-5300.