Gastric Band Surgery
What is it?
- An inflatable silicone band that is placed around the top part of the stomach, creating a pouch.
How does it work?
- The band restricts the amount of food that can be eaten.
- Attached to the band is a port which is placed just under the skin. The port can be accessed with a needle to inflate or deflate the band after surgery.
Why is it good?
- Quick and simple procedure
- No permanent changes to the stomach
- Can be removed
- Low operative risk
Why might it not be good?
- Commitment to follow-up needed to achieve good results
- A number of consultations required to inflate the band to the optimum level
- A small number of people do not lose weight
What are the risks?
- Band erosion (5%) - movement of the band from outside stomach to inside
- Band slippage (5%) - movement of the band down the stomach
- Port related problems (10%)
- Band infection (2%)
- Perforation of stomach (0.001%)
What results can I expect?
What do I need to do?
- Be committed to work with the band
- Follow dietary advice
- Keep your follow-up appointments to ensure your band restriction is achieved and maintained