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Bariatric Surgery: Laparoscopic Adjustable Banding

Bariatric surgery changes the size of your stomach to help you lose weight. The goal is to limit how much food can be eaten and/or absorbed at one time. You are having laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. This procedure closes off a portion of the stomach to create a very small pouch.

The Procedure

An adjustable band is placed around the top part of the stomach to create a small pouch. This pouch holds a few tablespoons of food. Food passes slowly through a narrow opening at the bottom of the pouch. So you feel full longer. The size of the band is adjusted using a port placed under the skin. Adjusting the band changes how quickly food leaves the new pouch.

Special Note: The Gallbladder

Bariatric surgery is designed to cause a large amount of weight loss. Weight loss can cause deposits in the gallbladder called gallstones. To prevent this, the gallbladder may be removed during your surgery or at a later date.

 

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2004-12-10T00:00:00-07:00