Gastric Band

Gastric Band at Woodland Hospital

What is a gastric band?

Gastric band surgery, also known as gastric banding or lap banding, is known as restrictive weight loss surgery as it limits the amount of food you can eat at one time. After the surgery, you will feel fuller sooner and stay satisfied for longer, which in turn decreases your food and calorie intake.

It is a weight loss surgery option that helps overweight and obese people to change their eating habits and lose weight and improve overall health.

A gastric band is a soft and adjustable silicone band that is placed around the top of the stomach making an egg timer shape. This causes food passage restriction. 

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Gastric Sleeve

Gastric sleeve surgery is a restrictive procedure only. Two thirds of the stomach is resected and removed, leaving a smaller stomach in the shape of a sleeve. The portion of the stomach removed produces a hormone that stimulates appetite and hunger. Removing this portion of stomach results in a significant reduction in appetite.

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Gastric Bypass

There are several variations of a Gastric Bypass. The most common procedure in the UK is the Roux-en-Y, also known as RYGB. It is a combination of restrictive and malabsorptive procedures, therefore has a two-way weight reducing effect. A small pouch is created by stapling off a section of the upper part of the stomach. Below the staple line the stomach will remain but no food will enter here.

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Gastric Balloon

For many patients with a BMI (body mass index) of 27 - 35 surgery is not always available or recommended according to the NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines, as patients with a lower BMI do not normally qualify for weight loss surgery. The gastric balloon is a soft, expandable intragastric (inside the stomach) device that is temporarily inserted into the stomach.

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