Franciscan Health offers adjustable gastric band surgery to help patients who are suffering from severe obesity. Adjustable laparoscopic bands are considered to be much less invasive than gastric bypass surgery.
The gastric banding procedure is a safe, effective and well-established surgical option for severely obese patients. These adjustable bands are implanted around a patient’s stomach, creating a small stomach pouch. The band is surgically placed through a small incision and fitted around the upper stomach. It is then inflated using saline and can be tightened or loosened, as necessary. This creates a small pouch, limiting food intake and creating an earlier sense of fullness. Over time the band can be adjusted to help control hunger and appetite. Individuals with the band feel full on a smaller amount of food, leading to caloric restriction and weight loss.
On average, patients lose one-two pounds per week with gastric banding. Individual results may vary depending on your willingness to "work with the band," which includes increasing physical activity and changing eating habits and behaviors.
Gradual weight loss is most desirable. Losing weight too quickly creates a health risk and can lead to a number of problems including loss of lean body mass necessary for metabolism and optimal health. The main goal is to have weight loss that prevents, improves or resolves health problems associated with severe obesity.