Adjusting the size of the opening between the two parts of the stomach controls how much food passes from the upper to the lower part of the stomach. This opening (stoma) between the two parts of the stomach can easily be decreased or increased, by injecting or removing saline from the band. The band is connected by a tube to a reservoir placed beneath the skin during surgery. The surgeon or nurse practitioner can later control the amount of saline in the band by piercing the reservoir through the skin with a fine needle. The ability to adjust the band is a unique feature of gastric banding and is a normal part of follow-up.
Because the band is removable, adjustable and does not permanently alter the anatomy, it provides an option for patients who may not otherwise consider surgery for treatment of their obesity. Other advantages include a shorter hospital stay and no effects on the absorption of nutrients.
Expected Weight Loss
Estimated weight loss is approximately 40 - 60% of one's excess weight, to be achieved over two years.
In general, most patients find they are unable to easily tolerate red meat, pasta, rice, fresh bread and fibrous foods. You will be asked to eat three meals a day with one to three planned snacks, chew your food very well and swallow slowly. You must drink only calorie-free or low caloric beverages and wait at least one hour after eating to drink.
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