Gastric banding is a less invasive option compared to gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery.
Like other bariatric procedures, gastric banding helps reduce the amount of food you take in and helps your brain generate a feeling of fullness after eating smaller portions. But instead of reducing the overall size of your stomach, the band attached to the top portion of the stomach slows digestion, so you will feel fuller longer.
The band can be adjusted (by a doctor) with a specialized needle, so you can have it loosened or tightened as needed. The procedure can even be reversed.
Who is eligible?
People who are 100 or more pounds overweight or have a BMI of 40 or greater, or those with a BMI of 35 or greater and have a significant health risk (like diabetes) are eligible for the gastric sleeve procedure. Many patients are referred to a surgeon by a primary care physician.
Another important part of eligibility is the commitment of the patient to follow careful post- operative instructions on how to eat with this new stomach. Other health risks may prevent a candidate from being eligible for gastric sleeve surgery. Your doctor will let you know whether or not you’re eligible for a bariatric procedure.
What are the risks?
As with any surgery, complications can arise. Possible rare complications can include:
- Wound infections
- Digestive problems
- Slippage or deflation of the band
There are also risks associated with any surgery, like reactions to anesthesia. The team at Tenet Florida Physician Services will explain all the risks during your consultation.
What is recovery like?
Gastric band patients usually recover more quickly than gastric bypass or gastric sleeve patients. Often you can go home the day of the procedure, or the day after the procedure. Although walking is recommended as soon as possible, strenuous activity should be limited immediately after surgery.
Gastric banding often requires more follow-up visits than other bariatric surgeries because of the careful attention needed to monitor the band.
After gastric banding, you must make significant lifestyle changes for the surgery to have the greatest effect. Most patients find these changes quite easy to make. They include:
- Eating smaller meals
- Eating more slowly
- Eating highly nutritious food
- Exercising regularly
Making these changes after having weight loss surgery has been shown to cause dramatic weight loss. Gastric banding patients often see significant improvements to their health as a result. Research shows that having bariatric surgery can resolve type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, sleep apnea and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
How expensive is it?
During your consultation with Tenet Florida Physicians Services, you will receive a summary of estimated costs. Most insurance plans do not cover weight loss surgery, but payment plans are available.
How do I learn more?
Many patients feel comfortable talking first to their primary care physician about weight loss solutions. Tenet Florida Physicians Services works closely with you and your primary care office to select a weight loss surgery that is right for you. You can also make an appointment directly with us by calling 1.866.654.2362.