More About Gastric Banding (sometimes called Lap Banding)
During the procedure, surgeons usually use laparoscopic techniques (using small
incisions and long-shafted instruments rather than a large incision), to implant
an inflatable silicone band into the patient's abdomen.
Like a wristwatch, the
band is fastened around the upper stomach to create a new, tiny stomach pouch
that limits and controls the amount of food you eat. It also creates a small
outlet that slows the emptying process into the stomach and the intestines.
result, patients experience an earlier sensation of fullness and are satisfied
with smaller amounts of food. In turn, this results in weight loss.