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Gastric Band surgery

Gastric Band surgery is a laparoscopic procedure that uses an inflatable, adjustable band placed around the top portion of the stomach, creating a small pouch.  When the patient eats, the pouch fills quickly with food, and the stomach signals to the brain that it is full, thereby reducing the patient’s appetite. This helps the patient reduce portion sizes and consume less food overall. The surgeon can adjust the band during follow-up visits to optimize weight loss.

How Gastric Band surgery is performed

Gastric band surgery is performed laparoscopically, making it minimally invasive, without any incisions to the stomach or intestines. This results in the least anatomical change to a patient’s anatomy.

How Does the Gastric Band help you to lose weight?

The average capacity of the human stomach is approximately 40 ounces. When the surgeon places the gastric band, the capacity of the upper portion of the stomach is reduced dramatically. In most cases, the upper portion will have a capacity of approximately 2 ounces. Patients feel full after eating just small amounts of food because of this reduction. The food that a patient consumes then passes slowly between the upper and lower portions of the stomach.

Gastric banding is different than other types of weight loss procedures which can alter the way in which the body processes and digests food. The gastric band works by slowing down the natural process. It is a purely restrictive procedure.

The Benefits of Gastric Band surgery

  • It is a minimally invasive procedure.
  • It doesn’t require incisions in the stomach or intestines.
  • Gastric banding is usually performed on an outpatient basis.
  • Recovery is relatively quick and easy for most patients.
  • The band creates a feeling of fullness, thereby decreasing hunger.
  • Once placed, the adjustable band can be tightened or loosened to change the size of the stomach pouch.
  • The procedure is reversible.
  • It’s an extremely effective way of losing a substantial amount of weight over time.

Gastric Banding Weight Loss: What Can You Expect?

Published studies on weight loss report an average of 35-65% excess weight loss (EWL) after Adjustable Gastric Band surgery.

Weight loss after surgery is commonly described by the percent of excess weight lost (%EWL). Excess weight is the amount of weight over ideal weight.

Avg. Excess Weight Loss After 1 Year:

Avg. Excess Weight Loss After 2 Years:

Avg. Excess Weight Loss After 3 Years:

Gastric Banding Weight Loss: What Can You Expect?

Published studies on weight loss report an average of 35-65% excess weight loss (EWL) after Adjustable Gastric Band surgery.

Weight loss after surgery is commonly described by the percent of excess weight lost (%EWL). Excess weight is the amount of weight over ideal weight.

Avg. Excess Weight Loss After 1 Year: 40%

Avg. Excess Weight Loss After 2 Year: 35%

Avg. Excess Weight Loss After 3 Year: 30%

Please Note: The excess weight loss listed above is just an average. A patient can lose more or less than the average amount of expected excess weight loss based upon how well they follow the program guidelines.

Gastric Band Procedure

Adjustable Gastric Banding

Are you a good candidate
for Gastric Banding?

You may be a candidate for the procedure if:

  • You are between the ages of 18 and 60
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40
  • Have a BMI greater than 35 with a serious medical condition like type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, or heart disease
  • You are willing to make the necessary lifestyle changes

What is Your BMI?

JOEL U. (Age: 41)

I find myself wanting to go to the gym 4-5 times per week!

Thank you, Dr. Cheregi, not only for being skilled at what you do, but for truly caring about the lives of your patients and helping them to give their best to themselves each and every day.

ADINA B. (Age: 3o)

This surgery gave me my confidence back along with my health.

Losing 175 pounds in a little less than a year really puts things into perspective. I am a new woman and a better person… A huge thank you Dr. Chang for giving me the chance at a rewarding, healthy, and fulfilling life. I’m living the life I always wanted to and that is the best feeling in the world!

COLIN C. (Age: 34)

This surgery was and still is
absolutely life changing!

The impact the surgery has had on my life is nothing short of amazing! I look and feel so much better… it’s basically given me my life back! I never thought in a million years, I would be wearing a size 32 pants and a small or medium shirt. I am fortunate that my wife and I were able to go on this journey together.

Take the First Step to a Healthier You!

Take the First Step to
a Healthier You!