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Gastric Band Surgery
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Weight loss (or ‘bariatric’) surgery includes a spectrum of procedures, of varying complexity, done on the stomach and/or intestines designed to help a person with extreme obesity lose weight. At the Western Surgery Centre, our surgeons specialize in gastric band surgery, the least invasive of surgical weight loss procedures.
Using laparoscopic or ‘key-hole’ surgery, an adjustable band composed of biocompatible material is placed around the upper part of the stomach, much like a wristwatch is fastened around your wrist. This gastric band creates a small pouch above it while narrowing the passageway into the remainder of the stomach. Flexible tubing connects the band to a port (‘reservoir’) implanted under the skin/fat of the abdominal wall. It is through this port the band is then inflated with a salt solution.
Gastric bands limit and control the amount of food you eat. As the upper smaller pouch of the stomach fills quickly, the brain is fooled into thinking the entire stomach is ‘full’. This feeling of ‘early satiation’ causes patients to eat smaller portions and therefore lose weight over time (generally 55-65% of excess body weight). The greater the constriction the band provides, the smaller the portions that can be ingested, as food empties into the lower stomach at a slower controlled rate. By adjusting the amount of salt solution infused and therefore varying the diameter of the constricting gastric band, surgeons can customize weight-loss rates to your individual needs as they change over time