Gastric Banding is a surgical procedure used to help obese and severely obese patients lose weight by making you feel full faster, so you eat less and lose weight.
The procedure involves placing an adjustable silicone band around the upper portion of your stomach to create a small pouch. Patients who undergo Gastric Banding surgery typically lose about 1 to 2 pounds a week.*
According to Arif Ahmad, MD, Director of the Mather Hospital Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery™ (COEMBS), the procedure involves the placement of a hollow doughnut-shaped tube around the upper part of your stomach, which is then filled with saline (salt water) to restrict the amount of food you can eat.
The band works in two ways to make you feel full faster, so you eat less and lose weight: It limits the amount of food that can enter your stomach at one time.
The Gastric Banding system is not recommended for people who have gastrointestinal tract disorders (such as ulcers, esophagitis or Crohn’s disease) or an autoimmune disease.
Gastric Banding is generally considered to be the least invasive and is the only adjustable and reversible procedure for long-term weight loss.