Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band
This procedure is done to treat obesity . Small incisions are made in the abdomen. An adjustable band is placed around the stomach with the aid of a tiny tool with a camera on it. The tube is called a laparoscope. The surgery causes weight loss by decreasing the amount of food that can pass into your stomach.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if any of these occur:
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision sites
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
- Blood in the stool
that lasts more than two days
- Pain, burning, urgency, or frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
- Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
- Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs
- New or worsening symptoms
Call for emergency medical services right away for:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
This procedure is done to treat
. Small incisions are made in the abdomen. An adjustable band is placed around the stomach with the aid of a tiny tool with a camera on it. The tube is called a laparoscope. The surgery causes weight loss by decreasing the amount of food that can pass into your stomach.
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What to Expect
Reasons for Procedure
This surgery treats severe obesity.
Body mass index
(BMI) calculations are used to determine how overweight or obese you are. A normal BMI is 18.5-25.
This surgery is a weight loss option for people with:
- BMI greater than 40
BMI 35-39.9 and a life-threatening condition or severe physical limitations that affect employment, movement, and family life
The success of this surgery depends on your commitment and follow-up with your doctor. If lifestyle changes are made and maintained, the benefits of bariatric surgery include:
- Weight reduction
Improvement in obesity-related conditions
- Improved movement and stamina
- Enhanced mood, self-esteem, and quality of life
Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
- Blood clots
- Slipping or wearing away of the band
- Erosion of the band into the stomach, which may require open surgical repair
- Erosion of gastric wall
- Port complications
- Injury to other organs
- Irritation of the throat due to acid reflux
- Complications of general anesthesia
Long-term complications include vomiting and gallstones.
In some cases, the procedure may not result in weight loss. This may lead to removal of the band or the use of another bariatric procedure.
Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications, such as:
- Chronic diseases, such as diabetes