BodyFree is not currently offering Gastric Banding to our patients. We feel the significant problems and unreliable weight loss results do not makeup for the perceived simplicity of this procedure. Some patients favour the Gastric Band because of the reversibility of the procedure, however once the band is removed weight almost certainly returns.
Gastric Banding is performed using a few small laparoscopic (keyhole) incisions to place an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach. Squeezed by the silicone band, the stomach becomes a smaller pouch with a narrowed outlet that slowly releases food into the lower part of the stomach.
The procedure works by restricting food intake, and also to some degree increasing the feeling of fullness after eating.
Over the months following surgery, it is necessary to make regular visits to your Bariatric Surgeon to have the band adjusted in order to allow the correct amount of food to pass from the upper pouch of the stomach past the band to the lower portion. An adjustment involves the saline being pushed into the band via a port – saline may be either added or removed from the band to enable more or less restriction to the stomach.
As a guide, most patients need 1-2 nights in hospital post-op, and depending on the work in which you are employed, anywhere from 3-14 days off work. Most patients can start walking within a few days, and more vigorous exercise within 3 weeks.
- Reversible procedure (the band can be removed)
- No cutting of the stomach
- No malabsorption issues
- Less reliable weight loss
- Gastritis (irritated stomach lining)
- Slippage (movement of the band)
- Reflux (up to 30% of patients suffer from this)
Overall, we have found that patients encounter more problems with this procedure, and it is also less effective than newer techniques.