Laparoscopic Gastric Banding
General patient information
Gastric Banding is a surgical procedure that is performed by minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery. LAGB is a surgical procedure that limits the speed of food intake by creating a bottleneck barrier in the upper part of the stomach. The food stays in the upper pouch before it gradually passes through to the larger part of the stomach. As the upper stomach pouch is filled, the patient has a feeling of satiety after eating only a small amount of food.
The Minimizer Extra Gastric Band is placed around the top portion of the stomach. The gastric band restricts stomach capacity and reduces the quantity of food that can be eaten per meal. This means that you feel full after eating a smaller portion of food than normal and consequently you will stop eating and lose weight.
The gastric band is fully adjustable without further surgery: it can be loosened if weight loss occurs too fast, or tightened if weight loss is too slow. Contrary to other irreversible surgeries applied in cases of serious obesity, the gastric band may be removed at any time, leaving no traces on the stomach.
In the gastric band procedure, the Minimizer Extra is reduces the size of the stomach by causing a narrow pass between upper and lower stomach. The Minimizer Extra “loops” allow for fixation with or without the need for sutures. This means Gastric Banding using the Minimizer Extra does not require a stomach “wrap” (plication) to avoid slippage. The stomach volume after such operation is between 15 and 20 ml.