Gastric Banding is also known as the LAP-BAND procedure.
In this procedure, a hollow band made of silicone rubber is placed around the stomach near its upper end, creating a small pouch and a narrow passage into the rest of the stomach.
The band is then inflated with a salt solution through a tube that connects the band to an access port placed under the skin. It can be tightened or loosened over time to change the size of the passage by increasing or decreasing the amount of salt solution.
Benefits of Gastric Banding
Simple and safe procedure
Recovery period is short
Rate of major complications that have been reported is low
Does not require removal of any part of the stomach or intestines
The natural anatomy of the abdominal region remains unchanged
The width of the band can be adjusted from time to time
The band can be removed any time if the patient desires
Risks associated with Gastric Banding
Minimal risks include about 5% chances of failure due to the following:
Patient’s inability to maintain proper dietary restriction and regular follow up