Adjustable gastric banding is a procedure that is designed to reduce food intake. To achieve this, an adjustable gastric band is placed around the upper stomach. This creates a smaller stomach underneath.
Also Known As:
- Weight loss surgery
- Gastric surgery
Conditions Treated with Adjustable Gastric Banding:
Adjustable gastric banding is utilized for patients who are obese.
Non-surgical methods of weight loss may be used before adjustable gastric banding, including dieting and exercising. Additionally, surgical alternatives to adjustable gastric banding include gastric bypass surgery or laparoscopic gastric banding.
Anesthesia with Adjustable Gastric Banding:
Adjustable gastric banding is performed with general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Adjustable Gastric Banding:
Complications of adjustable gastric banding can include infection, bleeding, or a negative reaction to the anesthesia. Other complications include the erosion of the gastric band, a displacement of the band, or injury to nearby organs.
Prognosis after Adjustable Gastric Banding:
Many patients who undergo adjustable gastric banding have trouble sticking with the diet restrictions. As a result, some regain the weight that is lost following the procedure.
Recovery from Adjustable Gastric Banding:
The total recovery time for adjustable gastric banding can be up to six weeks.