Gastric Banding Procedures in Houston, TX
About Gastric Banding
Gastric banding* involves placing an adjustable band around the top part of your stomach to create a small gastric pouch. The gastric pouch empties into the remaining stomach through a small outlet. The feeling of fullness depends upon the size of the opening between the pouch and the remainder of the stomach created by the gastric band. By adjusting the band the outlet size is controlled. The size of the stomach opening can be adjusted by filling the band with sterile saline, which is injected through a port placed under the skin.
Several clinic visits are scheduled after surgery. At these visits, the port is filled or emptied to achieve the right size for the band.
- Induces excess weight loss of approximately 40 – 50 percent
- Involves no cutting of the stomach or rerouting of the intestines
- Requires a shorter hospital stay, usually less than 24 hours
- Is reversible
- Has the lowest rate of early postoperative complications and mortality among the approved bariatric procedures
- Has the lowest risk for vitamin/mineral deficiencies
- Slower and less weight loss than other surgical procedures
- Greater percentage of patients failing to lose at least 50 percent of excess body weight compared to the other surgeries commonly performed
- Requires a foreign device to remain in the body
- Can result in possible band slippage or band erosion into the stomach
in some patients
- Can have mechanical problems with the band, tube or port in a small percentage of patients
- Can result in dilation of the esophagus if the patient overeats
- Requires strict adherence to the postoperative diet and to postoperative follow-up visits
- Highest rate of re-operation
- DUE TO ALL OF THE ABOVE, GASTRIC BANDING* PROCEDURES ARE VERY INFREQUENTLY PERFORMED OR RECOMMENDED TODAY BY MANY WEIGHT LOSS SURGEONS.
As with any surgery, there are specific risks and possible complications associated with this surgical procedure. If you have specific questions about this procedure we suggest you arrange for a consult with a bariatric surgeon. During this appointment, you can learn about the many surgical and non-surgical weight loss options available to you.