Since getting approval in June 2001 by the FDA, the BioEnterics® LAP-BAND Adjustable Gastric Banding System is the newest and the only device globally with FDA approval for adjustable surgical treatment for morbid obesity in the United States. This is a process that also helps in other related issues like gastric motility etc. See this website for related information. It helps weight loss by reducing the capacity of the stomach, which will then reduce the amount of food that can be consumed. Since its introduction in 1993, more than 180,000 Gastric Banding procedures have been carried out around the world.
Here’s some of the reasons why Gastric Banding has became the one of the best forms of weight loss by surgery:
Minimally Invasive Approach
During the gastric banding procedure, surgeons usually use laparoscopic techniques by using small incisions and long instruments), they will implant an inflatable silicone gastric band some thing like a wrist watch around the upper stomach area to form a small pouch that will control the quantity of food you can consume. The effect from the band is the patient will feel a sense of fullness on a small amount of food.
Least Traumatic Gastric Procedure
As the Gastric banding system does not involve cutting and stapling or stomach re-routing its considered the less traumatic form of gastric surgery. As its a laparoscopic approach it offers the bonus of reduced post-operative pain, shortened hospital stay and quicker recovery, if in future the gastric banding is reservable and can be removed and the stomach will generally return to its usual form.
All other gastric surgeries are not adjustable where as gastric banding the band can be easily adjusted to the patients needs. The diameter of the band is adjustable for a customized weight-loss rate o suit you. Your individual needs can change as you lose weight. Example, for a pregnant patients they can expand their adjust the gastric banding to accommodate a growing baby, where as a patients who aren’t experiencing significant weight loss can have their bands tightened.
Adjustable Gastric Band
To modify or adjust the size of the band, by adding a saline solution the band will expand or contract. The gastric band is connected by tubing to an access port, which is placed under the skin during surgery. After the operation, the surgeon can control the amount of saline in the band by entering the port with a fine needle through the skin.
Fewer Risks and Side Effects
With a significantly lower mortality risk than other obesity surgery procedures gastric banding has become a popular form of surgery. Low risk of nutritional deficiencies associated with gastric bypass as the stomach is not altered at all which results in no dumping syndrome related to our dietary intake.
Gastric Banding is an Effective Long-Term Weight Loss Solution
Todate over 180,000 cases of gastric banding have been preformed and with academic publications with up to 7 years of follow-up shows that gastric banding is one of the best methods for long term weight loss.