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Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band

In this procedure, the bariatric surgeon implants an artificial ring near the top of the stomach to create a smaller initial stomach pouch. This band is a foreign body that acts like a belt around the top of the stomach. The surgeon can adjust the amount of tension exerted by the ring on the stomach by injecting fluid into a port also implanted under the skin against the abdominal wall. These adjustments regulate the rate at which food can be passed from the smaller pouch, further influencing the amount an individual can consume at any one time. The surgeon makes these adjustments on a monthly basis for the first year. Patients can expect to lose 30-60% of their excess body weight.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band

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