At St. Mary's Hospital, our bariatric surgeons perform the safest and most effective surgical weight loss procedures.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB)

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding is a minimally invasive procedure that laparoscopically implants a device into the abdomen, restricting the amount of food one can eat at one time. The procedure can be reversed if necessary. It came out of clinical trials with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996, and hundreds of thousands of the devices have been implanted worldwide.

Surgical operations for the control of severe obesity are based on one or both of two principles. The first is restriction, where the amount of calories or food ingested is controlled by limiting the space available to receive food. "Restrictive" procedures decrease or limit the intake of food, giving a feeling of "fullness" much more readily. The second principle is malabsorption, where the absorption of food is limited. "Malabsorptive" procedures cause incomplete "digestion" or "absorption" of food intake. Adjustable Gastric Banding is a restrictive procedure.

In this procedure, a hollow band made of special material is placed around the stomach near its upper end, creating a small pouch and a narrow passage into the larger remainder of the stomach. The band is then inflated with a salt solution. It can be tightened or loosened over time to change the size of the passage by increasing or decreasing the amount of salt solution.

The video below depicts the lap band laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery.

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