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Adjustable Gastric Banding

Realize Adjustable Band & LAP-BAND® System

Longstreet Clinic's Center for Weight Management, which has performed more than 200 adjustable gastric band (AGB) surgeries since 2005, uses two types of bands: the LAP-BAND® System and the Realize™ Band. You can talk with our surgeons about which AGB weight loss surgery might be best for you.

How Adjustable Gastric Bands Work

Gastric banding places a ring around the upper part of your stomach to form a small pouch that can hold only about ½ cup of food, so you feel full faster. The adjustable ring also creates a small opening that slows the passage of food from the small upper pouch to the rest of the stomach and intestines, making you feel full longer. As a result, with the right choices by you, your body helps you lose weight and keep it off.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

The surgery to place the gastric band around the stomach is usually performed laparoscopically (using special instruments that need only very small incisions). The band is fastened around the upper stomach like a tiny belt to create the stomach pouch.

With no cutting, stapling or stomach re-routing, the AGB procedure is considered the least traumatic of all weight loss surgeries. The smaller, less invasive incisions of the laparoscopic approach also reduce post-operative pain, shorten your hospital stay, and offer quicker recovery. Gastric banding can also be removed, and generally the stomach returns to its original form. However it is intended to be permanent and removing it will result in regaining the weight.

In about a week, you should be able to return to work, if it's not physically demanding. Some patients return to work sooner if they do not have any physical requirements of their job duties.

Do you think you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery? If so, you have come to the right place. Get started today by completing our online form to request an in person consultation with an experienced physician at Longstreet Clinic!

For more answers to specifics about the hospital stay and recovery, visit our page of FAQs.

Results from Adjustable Gastric Banding

The bands are designed to help you lose weight at a natural and healthy rate, about 1 to 2 pounds per week, with the goal of long-term, steady loss.

In a clinical study done two to three years after surgery, AGB patients had lost an average of about 36-38% of their excess weight. Our LAGB patients average 60% of excess body weight loss at 18 months post-surgery. Though you may never reach your ideal weight, you will likely improve your health, along with your self-image, if you make the choices to support what your surgery is helping your body do — lose weight.

Click on the topics below to learn more about Gastric Banding:

About the Adjustable System
Advantages & Disadvantages
Lifetime Commitment & Dietary Changes
Risks of Surgery