Adjustable Gastric Band
The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band procedure involves placing a band around the upper aspect of the stomach to create a small pouch. The band has an inner tube that can be adjusted by injecting fluid into a port that sits underneath the skin. Therefore, the diameter of the band can be adjusted to slow the transfer of food from the upper small stomach pouch to the remaining stomach. The Lap Band / Realize Band procedure is less difficult to perform, there is no organ re-arranging, and it carries less risk of death or infection to the patient at the time of surgery. Finally, the Lap Band / Realize Band is removable if the patient develops complications related to it.
How does the Adjustable Gastric Band compare to the other surgeries?
- Simple operation with low mortality risk.
- Technically easy to perform with low peri-operative risks.
- Minimal short-term but more common long-term complication rates.
- Short-term risk of gastric perforation, obstruction, and band misplacement.
- Long-term risk of esophageal dilatation, band slippage, band erosion, port problems.
- Weight loss is unpredictable.
- Lower overall weight loss relative to the Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy.