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Bariatric Surgery: Laparoscopic Adjustable Banding

Bariatric surgery changes the size of your stomach to help you lose weight. The goal is to limit how much food can be eaten and/or absorbed at one time. You are having laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. This procedure closes off a portion of the stomach to create a very small pouch.

The Procedure

An adjustable band is placed around the top part of the stomach to create a small pouch. This pouch holds a few tablespoons of food. Food passes slowly through a narrow opening at the bottom of the pouch. So you feel full longer. The size of the band is adjusted using a port placed under the skin. Adjusting the band changes how quickly food leaves the new pouch.

Front view of stomach and duodenum showing laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. Band is around top of stomach, creating small pouch. Band is connected by tube to port just under skin. Arrow shows path of food through stomach pouch, stomach, and duodenum.

Special Note: The Gallbladder

Bariatric surgery is designed to cause a large amount of weight loss. Weight loss can cause deposits in the gallbladder called gallstones. To prevent this, the gallbladder may be removed during your surgery or at a later date.

 

Online Medical Reviewer: Bessler, Marc, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Wetter, L Albert, MD
Last Review Date: 3/6/2012
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