Laparascopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

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Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is a restrictive weight loss procedure. The LAGB surgery was originally introduced in 1993. 

General Procedure 

In this procedure a band is secured around the upper portion of the stomach separating it into a small section and a larger section. Weight loss is achieved by reducing the capacity of the stomach thereby allowing the patient to experience a sense of fullness more quickly, even while consuming less food. Digestion takes place naturally as the now smaller portions of food pass through the stomach. Unlike other restrictive weight loss surgeries LAGB does not require the removal of any part of the stomach or intestine.

Since the band is adjustable it can be loosened or tightened to change the rate of weight loss. By injecting the band with a sterile saline solution the stomach size is restricted. A subcutaneous port is developed to allow for inflating or deflating the saline filled band.

Advantages of Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding:

Disadvantages of Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding