Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Undergoing bariatric surgery to lose weight is one of the biggest decisions a person can make. Not only will it mean undergoing surgery, but it will also require dedication to a new eating lifestyle. Over the next three days, Dr. Edward Hill will take a look at three weight loss surgery options in the 60 Second Housecall.

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery is a restrictive gastric procedure that will reduce the capacity of the stomach.

A specialized silicone gastric band is placed around the upper part of the stomach and filled with saline. This creates a new, smaller stomach pouch that can hold only a small amount of food, reducing storage area in the stomach.

Like a wristwatch, the adjustable gastric band is fastened around the upper stomach and then locked securely in a ring around the stomach. The gastric band is designed to be permanent and is not meant to be removed.

The band divides the stomach into two portions: one small and one larger portion. Because the stomach is divided into smaller parts, most patients feel full faster.

The adjustable gastric band procedure does not require stomach cutting and stapling or gastrointestinal re-routing to bypass normal digestion.

The band can be inflated or deflated at any time after the surgery to assist progression of weight loss.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.