Adjustable Gastric Band
What is Adjustable Gastric Band?
The stomach is separated into two pouches with the help of an inflatable. The surgeon pulls the band tight like a belt to create a channel between the two pouches. This keeps the opening from expanding and keeps the pouches in place permanently.
When is Adjustable Gastric Band recommended?
This treatment for obesity is recommended for
- People with a BMI higher than 40.
- People with a BMI between 30 and 35 who have a condition that becomes manageable on weight loss. The conditions could be sleep apnea, diabetes, hypertension, and others.
What are the advantages of Adjustable Gastric Band?
The advantages of adjustable gastric band are
- relatively short recovery time,
- reduced risk of infection and hernia post-op,
- long term weight loss
What are the risk factors of Adjustable Gastric Band?
The risks of this procedure are
- band slippage,
- band erosion,
- pouch dilation,
- port infection