Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Banding
A small access port attached to the band is implanted under the skin during surgery. This port allows our surgeons to inject saline fluid into the band after surgery in order to adjust the size of the stomach pouch. Patients undergoing gastric banding can lose an average of 30-35% of their excess body weight*.
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Gastric Banding Surgery
- Averages 35% Excess Weight Loss*
- Requires monthly adjustments for first 4-6 months then as needed, typically 8-10 within the first year*
- Swallowing is easy initially, but becomes more difficult as Band is tightened and food choices become more narrow*
- High re-operative rate of 39% within 5 year period*
- Difficult to keep functioning long term due to “wear and tear” on the stomach*
- Easily converted to 2nd procedure if necessary*
Benefits of Gastric Banding Surgery
Patients who undergo gastric banding surgery see weight loss in the first few months*. This weight loss can bring about significant improvements in health and overall quality of life.
Possible Risks and Complications
Gastric banding surgery carries many of the same risks as the other weight loss surgery alternatives. There are additional risks directly related to failure of the mechanical band, band migration, or food intolerance and vomiting.
Possible complications include:
Band Erosion – Rarely, a band can erode into a patient’s stomach. This requires an additional surgery to remove the eroded band and repair the damaged stomach.
Band Prolapse – Gastric bands may slip or change position on the stomach. This will change the size of the pouch and alter the amount of restriction. Occasionally, this can lead to obstruction of the stomach which prevents swallowing. These complications may require urgent revisional surgery.
Port Access Problems – Sometimes, the access port may be twisted or leak. If this happens an additional surgery may be required to fix the problem.
Vomiting – Overeating is painful and can lead to vomiting. Sometimes, patients must be readmitted to the hospital for fluid replacement if excessive vomiting occurs.
Food Restrictions – After surgery, you may not be able to eat certain foods such as meat and bread.
For more information about gastric banding weight loss surgery, contact our Dallas/Ft. Worth bariatric surgery center today. Our staff will be happy to help you schedule a consultation.