Gastric Banding Procedure

Gastric Banding is a highly effective weight loss surgical procedure

Gastric Banding Procedure

In the gastric banding procedure, a band is placed around the uppermost part of the stomach. The band divides the stomach into two portions, one smaller than the other. Since the stomach is divided into two parts, most patients feel full faster. Food is digested in the usual way. Weight loss is achieved by limiting how much you can eat, reducing your appetite and slowing digestion. The gastric banding system restricts the number of calories without altering absorption.gastric banding

The gastric banding system is a silicone elastomer ring filled with saline, which is placed around the upper part of the stomach. The surgeon can adjust the size of the stoma or stomach outlet between the two parts of the stomach by adding or removing saline solution. This is done through an access port that is placed under the skin during surgery. Adjustments to the band can be made without additional surgery.

The gastric banding system is usually placed laparoscopically under general anesthesia, a technique that is considered minimally invasive. The surgeon makes a few small incisions or a “port” in the abdominal wall for inserting long, thin surgical instruments and a narrow camera which allows the surgeon to see the operative site on a video monitor.

Getting a Gastric Band

Dr Sartor will only suggest surgery if you have tried to lose weight in other ways such as with medicines, healthy eating and exercise for at least six months and this hasn’t worked. Surgery will also usually only be considered if:

  • You’re morbidly obese with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 40, or you have a BMI of over 35 and also have a medical condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, that would be likely to improve if you lose weight
  • You’re generally fit enough to undergo surgery
  • You’re committed to losing weight and maintaining that weight loss by combining the surgery with lifestyle changes in the future, and are prepared to attend regular follow-ups

What are the alternatives?

There are other types of surgery available that can help you to lose excess weight. These include Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass.

Dr Sartor will tell you about the options available and help you to weigh up the risks and benefits of each, to decide which is best for you.

This procedure is available at the Louisiana Center for Weight Loss Surgery. Dr. Walter Sartor is board certified and extremely experienced with bariatric surgery procedures and their follow-up. Procedures can be performed at P&S Surgical Hospital or St. Francis Medical Center.

The Louisiana Center for Weight Loss Surgery is a partnership of Dr. Walter Sartor, P&S Surgical Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.