Adjustable gastric banding is a minimally-invasive surgical weight-loss procedure in which an inflatable band is placed around the upper portion of your stomach. This creates a small pouch above the band that limits the size of your stomach. It helps reduce the amount of food you want to eat by causing you to feel satisfied after consuming reduced portions. Over time, the size of your stomach and the opening in the band is adjusted during follow-up visits with your bariatric specialist. These are done to change the rate at which food passes through your stomach and increases your weight-loss potential.
Although adjustable gastric banding is not the surgical weight-loss procedure chosen most commonly at St. Elizabeth Physicians Weight Management Center, it may be an effective weight-loss tool if you want to try a surgical alternative but are hesitant to try a more permanent solution. The adjustable gastric band is both removable and reversible.
We understand that weight-loss surgery is a major life decision that affects your health and daily life. The bariatric specialists at St. Elizabeth Physicians can help you determine if surgical weight-loss can help you reach your weight-loss goals and, if so, what type surgery is best for you. We’ll be with you every step of the way!