The procedure implants a silastic belt at the top of the stomach, creating a small pouch that holds approximately one ounce. A balloon along the inner surface of the belt can be narrowed or widened by injecting fluid through a port just beneath the skin. The smaller stomach pouch creates a sensation of fullness after a very small meal.
- Least invasive of the surgical weight loss options.
- No cutting or stapling of the stomach or intestines.
- Low risk of malabsorption (inadequate absorption of food and nutrients).
- Weight loss is slower and often less than that of other weight loss surgery options. Estimated excess body weight loss of 30 – 50 percent.*
- Patients will need to be seen every six to eight weeks for the first year or so after surgery for band adjustment.
- May not be appropriate for patients with reflux disease.
- The band is a foreign object to your body. In rare cases it may break, malfunction, or cause other problems such as a slip, erosion, or infection.