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
    • Constipation
      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
    • Persistent
      cough
    • 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.

  • Definition


    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.

    Adjustable Gastric Banding
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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

  • Possible Complications

    Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Blood clots
    • Vomiting
    • 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
    • Death

    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:

    • Smoking
    • Drinking
    • Chronic diseases, such as diabetes