Weight loss: Slow and gradual. Lose 40-50 percent of excess body weight in 24 or more months.
Surgery time: Less than one hour
Hospital stay: Typically discharged same day
Recovery time: About 10 days
During the adjustable gastric band procedure, a thin, inflatable ring (gastric band) is placed around the upper part of your stomach, forming a small pouch with a narrow opening to the lower stomach. This significantly limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time, which helps you to feel fuller sooner. The size of the stomach opening can be adjusted by filling the band with sterile saline, which is injected through a port placed under the skin.
The effectiveness of adjustable gastric banding depends more on your ability to change your eating behavior and lifestyle, so you must be consistent about making healthy food choices and exercising regularly. Regular visits with a dietitian, counseling, and support groups are encouraged.
The procedure is usually performed laparoscopically using minimally invasive surgical techniques.