Laparoscopic gastric banding produces weight loss through restriction. An inflatable band is placed around the upper stomach to create a pouch. When appropriately tightened, the band restricts the flow of food through the pouch and stimulates surrounding nerves to make you feel full sooner. Gastric banding offers patients a less invasive option for surgical weight loss. Banding is offered with gastric imbrication to minimize risk of slippage and improve weight loss.
Clinical studies indicate the average weight loss with banding is 40-50% of excess weight at 2 years. While results vary, success with banding demands strict adherence lifestyle change, including regular exercise and careful dietary modification, and a commitment to regular physician follow-up for band adjustments.