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Gastric Banding Surgery (Adjustable Weight Loss Surgery)
Adjustable gastric banding (AGB) is the only adjustable weight loss surgery. It works by placing an inflatable silicone band around the top part of the stomach, which will create a small pouch and, in effect, make the stomach smaller.
This pouch holds about a half-cup of food, rather than the roughly six cups that a normal stomach holds. It fills with food quickly, which means you won't be able to eat as much, and will feel full faster, yet it also allows you to absorb nutrients from food normally.
The band can be adjusted to meet a patient's needs. For instance, it can be deflated if a woman becomes pregnant, and it can be tightened for patients who are not losing enough weight to make a healthy difference.
Currently there are two Adjustable Gastric Banding Systems on the market in the United States. WakeMed surgeons use the REALIZETM Personal Banding Solution, FDA approved in 2007.
During the procedure, your surgeon uses laparoscopic techniques, making a small incision and using long-shafted instruments to implant an inflatable silicone band into the patient's abdomen. Like a belt, the band is fastened around the upper stomach to create a new, tiny stomach pouch that limits and controls the amount of food you eat. It also creates a small outlet that slows the emptying process into the stomach and the intestines.
The band is connected by tubing to a reservoir, which is placed under the skin during surgery. To change the size of the band, saline solution is injected into or withdrawn from the tubing with a fine needle, which inflates or deflates the band's inner surface.
Results: Gastric banding patients typically lose 47 percent of their excess weight.
Health Benefits Studies found that gastric banding:
Quality of LifeOne meta-analysis stated that for bariatric surgery patients who experienced significant weight loss:
Recovery Your healthcare team will advise you when to return to work and when you are able to resume normal activities.
Potential Concerns of Gastric Banding
Adjustable Gastric Banding is not right for you if:
WakeMed’s dedicated bariatric surgeons perform minimally invasive weight loss surgeries at WakeMed Cary Hospital, an accredited MBSAQIP Comprehensive Center. WakeMed Cary Hospital is also designated a Cigna Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery and a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery.
WakeMed Physician Practices - Bariatric SurgeryAppointments 919-350-7331
WakeMed Bariatric Specialists of North CarolinaAppointments: 919-234-4468
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610