During gastric banding, an adjustable band is placed around the upper stomach. Once in place, the band is inflated with saline through a small port, creating a small stomach pouch that limits food consumption and creates a feeling of fullness.


  • Less than an hour
  • Outpatient surgery or 23-hour, in-hospital observation period
  • 7-10 days recovery period


  • Slower weight loss, adjustable and reversible
  • 50 percent of expected weight loss within three years after surgery
  • No dumping syndrome
  • Tailored to meet patient’s specific needs
  • Surgery is performed with minimally invasive techniques, offering smaller incisions and faster recovery


  • Infection at port where band adjustments are made
  • Band may slip out of place
  • Band may wear at stomach tissue

Other Considerations

  • No dumping syndrome
  • Slower weight loss, needs adjustments
  • Vitamins recommended
  • No steroids
  • Able to eat regular food after 2 weeks of surgery
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