What does a Gastric Band do?

Gastric banding is a weight loss procedure performed by surgeons, in which an adjustable silicone band is placed around the stomach to create a small pouch. The band restricts the amount of food that can be eaten at any one time and creates feelings of fullness (satiety) more quickly. It also reduces how quickly food passes from your stomach into your small intestine – so you feel fuller for longer.


Gastric banding works by emptying your stomach more slowly.

The band works by emptying your stomach more slowly, making it easier to feel full after eating. The smaller size also means that food stays in your stomach for longer so that it can be digested properly. This causes you to feel fuller for longer, which helps you eat less and lose weight. You may find that the changes to your body are gradual which for you may make it easier to adapt to than other types of surgery such as gastric bypass.


The gastric band is safe and reversible.

The gastric band works by creating a small pouch in your stomach that limits the amount of food you can consume at one time, which helps you feel fuller quicker, for longer periods of time. This allows for increased weight loss results without dangerous side effects of other procedures such as gastric bypass surgery. With this procedure, there are no cuts made to your body or removal of any parts. The tightening band is placed around the upper part of your stomach to create this small pouch size (restricts food). The band itself will stay in place for years without changing size or causing any discomfort while helping you lose weight. It is temporary with many lasting up to 10 years or more depending on how well it’s maintained.


Your gastric band can be adjusted to suit your needs.

Your gastric band can be adjusted to suit your needs. The band is made from a silicone tube that is inserted into the stomach and inflated with saline (salt water). This creates a small pouch on top of the stomach, which fills with food before it can be digested. The size of this pouch controls how much food you feel full after eating.

The amount of saline in your band affects how big your pouch is, so if you want more or less restriction, your surgeon will inject more or less saline into your band during an adjustment session. This is usually done as an outpatient procedure under general anaesthetic and takes about 20 minutes each time. You may need to have several adjustments in order for them to find exactly what works best for you – don’t worry though! They’ll do all they can to make sure they get it right first time around!


The gastric band is suitable for many people seeking weight loss surgery.

It is important to note that there are many different types of weight loss surgeries available. Each surgery has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it’s always best to discuss with your doctor which type of surgery would be best for you. Some people are not suitable for gastric banding, some are not suitable for gastric bypasses or sleeve procedures, while others may still be candidates for balloon procedures. If you are interested in learning more about the gastric band procedure and how it might work for you, please contact us today!


Many patients are back on their feet within a few days of the surgery.

Because you are sedated, the procedure takes only an hour or two. The band is placed around your stomach and secured with staples. You will be monitored in hospital for a few days after the operation. In some cases, however, it may be necessary for you to take time off from work and other activities. Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions about how long you should rest after your procedure and what medications you should take. If you have any questions about this or other concerns related to your surgery, feel free to ask your doctor or nurse at any time during or after the procedure.

It is important that patients do not drive for at least one week following bariatric surgery as well because of potential nausea, dizziness and fatigue caused by anesthesia side effects such as drowsiness or feeling groggy when getting up too fast out of bed after having some form of sedation treatment during bariatric surgery procedures (such as general anesthetic).


Gastric banding offers safe, long-term weight loss for many people seeking relief from obesity-related health conditions.

The gastric band is a safe and effective weight loss surgery that can help you achieve your goals. The procedure is reversible, so if at any point you decide that you want to stop losing weight, it can be easily reversed – and it doesn’t involve damaging any organs or nerves in the process. If you are considering having gastric banding done, make sure to research all of your options first so that you know exactly what’s involved with this kind of treatment before making any decisions about whether or not it would be right for you!

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