This surgical procedure places an adjustable band 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. The band must be continually adjusted over time to produce successful results.

Surgery and Recovery

  • Surgery takes less than an hour
  • Outpatient surgery or 23-hour, in-hospital observation period
  • Seven- to 10-day recovery period


  • Reversible
  • Fifty percent of expected weight loss typically is lost within three years after surgery
  • No “dumping” syndrome (where large amounts of sugar would cause diarrhea and sweating)
  • Band is 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

  • Slower weight loss, needs adjustments
  • Vitamins recommended
  • Cannot take steroids afterward
  • Able to eat regular food two weeks after surgery
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