Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band
This procedure is done to treat obesity. Keyhole incisions are made in the abdomen. An adjustable band is placed around the stomach with the aid of a laparoscope (a tiny tool with a camera on it). The surgery causes weight loss by decreasing the amount of food that can pass into your stomach.
Adjustable Gastric Banding
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This surgery treats severe obesity. Doctors use a calculation called body mass index (BMI) to determine how overweight or obese you are. A normal BMI is 18.5-25.
This surgery is a weight loss option for people with:
- BMI greater than 40
- BMI 35-39.9 and a life-threatening condition (eg, heart disease, diabetes)
- BMI 35-39.9 and severe physical limitations that affect employment, mobility, and family life
The success of this surgery depends on your commitment and follow-up with your doctor. If lifestyle changes are made and maintained, the benefits of bariatric surgery include:
- Weight reduction
- Improvement in many obesity-related conditions (eg, glucose intolerance, diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, poor exercise tolerance)
- Improved mobility and stamina
- Enhanced mood, self-esteem, and quality of life
- Reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease (eg, heart attack, stroke) and other causes
Last reviewedMarch 2013by Marcin Chwistek, MD
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