Gastric Band

The Gastric Band is a surgical option used by leading surgeons around the world for the treatment of obesity.  The procedure is minimally invasive and typically done as an outpatient procedure in less than an hour. Recovery time is usually about a week.  The aim of the Gastric Band is gradual long-term weight loss achieved by reducing the capacity of the stomach.  It restricts the amount of food you are able to eat at one time making you feel full faster and stay full longer. 



The silicone adjustable band component of the Gastric Band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, forming a small gastric pouch to limit the intake of food and slow the emptying process from the stomach into the intestines. No cutting or stapling of the stomach is required.  If for any reason the Gastric Band needs to be removed, the stomach generally returns to its original form.

The procedure is performed laparoscopically so only a few incisions are made in the abdomen.  This offers the advantages of reduced trauma, reduced post-operative pain and faster recovery. 

The Gastric band may be right for you if:

·       Your Body Mass Index is at least 40 kg/m2 or you have a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2 with one or more obesity-related comorbid conditions.

  • You are at least 18 years old.
  • Your serious weight loss attempts have had only short-term success.
  • You are not currently suffering from any other disease that may have caused your excess weight.
  • You are prepared to make major changes in your eating habits and lifestyle.
  • You do not drink alcohol in excess.
  • You are not currently pregnant. (Patients who become pregnant after band placement may require deflation of their bands.)





The Gastric band is NOT right for you if:

·       You have an inflammatory disease or condition of the gastrointestinal tract, such as ulcers, severe esophagitis, or Crohn’s disease.

·       You have severe heart or lung disease, or any other disease that makes you a poor candidate for any surgery.

·       You have a problem that could cause bleeding in the esophagus or stomach. That might include esophageal or gastric varices (dilated veins). It might also be something such as congenital or acquired intestinal telangiectasia (dilation of a small blood vessel).

·       You have portal hypertension.

·       Your esophagus, stomach, or intestine is not normal (congenital or acquired). For instance, you might have a narrowed opening.

·       You have/have experienced an intraoperative gastric injury, such as a gastric perforation at or near the location of the intended band placement.

·       You have cirrhosis.

·       You have chronic pancreatitis.

·       You are addicted to alcohol or drugs.

·       You have an infection anywhere in your body, or one that could contaminate the surgical area.

·       You are on chronic, long-term steroid treatment.

·       You might be allergic to materials in the device.

·       You cannot tolerate pain from an implanted device.

·       You or someone in your family has an autoimmune connective tissue disease, such as systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroderma. The same is true if you have symptoms of one of these diseases.




For more information, please call the Diabetes and Nutrition Center at 706-272-6079.