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Institute of Laparoscopic Surgery

Leparoscopic Surgery Training

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB)

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding The LAGB procedure works on the principle of slow consumption of food and thus the amount of food consumed. It involves the use of a hollow band made of silicone rubber which is placed around the stomach near its upper end. This creates a small pouch and a narrow passage into the rest of the stomach. Once inside, the band is inflated with saline through a tube that connects the band to an access port placed under the skin. It can be tightened or loosened over time to change the size of the passage by increasing or decreasing the amount of saline.

 

Benefits of Gastric Banding
  • Simple and safe procedure
  • Short hospital stay and Quick Recovery
  • Does not involve removal of any part of the stomach or intestines thus, the natural anatomy of the abdominal region remains unchanged
  • The width of the band can be adjusted from time to time
  • No malabsorption issues
  • The band can be removed any time if the patient desires

 

Risks associated with Gastric Banding
  • Minimal risks include about 5% chances of failure due to the following:
    • Band erosion/migration
    • Deep infection
  • Patient's inability to maintain proper dietary restriction and regular follow up