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What is an Adjustable Gastric Banding?

The gastric band facilitates weight loss by reducing the size of the stomach to restrict food intake. A small pouch is created at the top of the stomach using an adjustable gastric band to delay food from reaching the larger section of the stomach. The band can be tightened or loosened over time to assist patients in achieving optimal weight loss. Patients with a gastric band usually cannot eat as much as those who undergo gastric bypass surgery. Additionally, the adjustable gastric band is reversible, but like all bariatric surgical options, this procedure should be considered a permanent solution.

How is the Adjustable Gastric Banding done?

Gastric banding surgery usually takes about one to two hours to perform. Most patients stay overnight for observation. If you live more than 90 minutes from the office, you will be required to stay in the area for a 14-day period (unless otherwise directed by your surgeon). Learn about accommodations in the Charleston area.

Adjustable Gastric Banding
What to Expect After Gastric Banding

Excess Weight Loss
Gastric banding patients typically lose 50-55% of their excess weight in the first two years of surgery.

Health Benefits
Studies found that gastric banding:

  • Resolved Type II diabetes up to 70% of patients within two years of having surgery
  • Resolved high blood pressure in 38.4% of patients
  • Improved high cholesterol in 78.3% of patients

Quality of Life
Many gastric banding patients who have significant weight loss experience:

  • Improved overall quality of life 
  • Improved physical functioning and appearance
  • Improved social and economic opportunities

Gastric Banding Recovery
The Bariatric & Metabolic Services team will advise you when to resume normal activities and when to return to work. You are encouraged to take four weeks away from work. You will need this time to focus on a new way to eat and get accustomed to a new way of life. 


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Potential Concerns and Side Effects of Gastric Banding
As with any major medical procedure there are concerns to consider including:
  • Gastric banding can help you feel satisfied sooner and with less food, but it won’t eliminate the desire to eat. You will need to follow your specific diet and exercise guidelines provided by your surgeon to achieve success.
  • Gastric banding requires more intensive follow-up care than most other bariatric surgeries. This is mostly because the band is adjustable. Keep in mind that even after reaching and maintaining your success weight, you may still need to see your healthcare professional for further adjustments.
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