Laparoscopic Gastric Banding is a weight loss procedure that involves making the stomach smaller.
What is it
This procedure involves a band being inserted around the top part of the stomach through small incisions. The band limits the amount of food intake, because it makes the stomach smaller. This procedure is used for weight loss.
How to prepare
You may have to take certain medications prescribed by your doctor the day of the surgery. You will need to stop eating or drinking the night prior to the surgery. You may have to stop taking certain medications leading up to the surgery.
What happens during the process
During laparoscopic gastric banding, you will be under anesthetic. Small incisions are made in the abdomen, and a laparoscope (camera) and surgical tools enter the stomach through those incisions. A small pouch is created from the stomach by placing a band around the stomach to separate the upper and lower stomach. The small pouch of the stomach will quickly fill while eating to feel full, and slowly empty to the lower stomach, maintaining the structure of the digestive tract.
Risks and Complications
- Gastric band slipping out of place
- Injury to the digestive tract during surgery
- Bowel blockage due to stomach scarring
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