Gastric banding, also known as laparoscopic adjustable banding is a procedure that positions an adjustable belt around the upper stomach. This band is designed to constrict the stomach and thereby limit the amount of food that the resultant upper stomach can hold. The gastric band is filled with saline which can be adjusted as needed. Adding saline tightens the band and narrows the channel between the small upper pouch and lower stomach, delaying emptying of this pouch and producing an effect of early satiety – feeling full after ingesting a small amount of food. This combines with the reduced hunger and reduced appetite to produce weight loss over time.Back to Bariatric Services
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