Adjustable Gastric Band

Conveniently located to serve Detroit, MI

What is it?

An adjustable gastric band is a medical tool that is used to treat obesity. The procedure involves reducing the size of the stomach by constricting it using a special adjustable band. The now smaller stomach gets fuller much faster, so the recipient eats significantly less while the band is in place. The adjustable gastric band is also referred to as LAGB or Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band.

The adjustable gastric band is a surgical treatment that reduces the size of the stomach to reduce food intake. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this procedure for use as a weight-loss treatment. It is minimally invasive, fast, modifiable, and adaptable.

Why undergo the adjustable gastric band procedure?

The adjustable gastric band operation allows the surgeon to change the extent of constriction around the recipient’s stomach. The band forms a small stomach pouch above it. A smaller stomach pouch limits the amount of food the stomach can hold at any given time.

As a result of the adjustable gastric band procedure, after consuming less food, you will have a greater sense of fullness. This results in hunger reduction and aids in the moderation of food intake. This type of bariatric surgery is optimal because it lets the body digest normally and doesn’t change how the body absorbs nutrients from food.

What are the benefits of the adjustable gastric band procedure?

The adjustable gastric band procedure is the safest type of weight-loss surgery and offers a quick recovery time. Patients can potentially lose 50 to 65 percent of their excess body weight during the first two years. There is no risk of intestinal leakage, dumping syndrome, or food intolerance, because the stomach or intestines are not trimmed.

Furthermore, current obesity-related health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea improve following an adjustable gastric band procedure. This process can also be made more or less constricted, or it can be done away with completely.

Who is it for?

The adjustable gastric band is used to treat severe cases of obesity. It is not meant for everyone who wants to lose weight. If a patient’s body mass index (BMI) is more than 40, then they can consider getting surgery done to add a LAGB. During your consultation at Detroit Weight Loss Doc, our team can let you know if an adjustable gastric band is the right choice for your weight loss.

Before the procedure

A detailed physical examination with various diagnostic tests is required to evaluate the patient’s health and eligibility for the procedure. The surgery requires lifestyle changes. People who are not ready to change dietary habits are advised not to go ahead with this procedure. Smoking and certain medications should be stopped before the procedure.

The Procedure

The procedure to place an adjustable gastric band is done laparoscopically. The procedure is performed using general anesthesia and takes around half to an hour to one hour to complete. Several small incisions are made in the upper abdomen. The surgeon then inserts a laparoscope through the incision. The device has a camera that allows the surgeon to see the interior of the stomach.

The laparoscope is used to place the adjustable gastric band. There is a tube that connects the band with a port that is kept below the skin. The instrument is then removed, and the incisions closed.

After the procedure

The placement of the adjustable gastric band is an outpatient procedure and patients can return home the same day as their procedure. For a couple of weeks, the patient needs to follow a liquid diet. A different diet is prescribed for the months following the procedure which needs to be strictly followed. Regular follow-ups will be scheduled so the doctor can evaluate the progress of the treatment. Regular blood tests are needed to keep a check on the patient’s health.

Schedule a Consultation

Contact Detroit Weight Loss Doc today to schedule a consultation for your adjustable gastric band procedure in Detroit. Our team is dedicated to providing all of our patients with the personalized medical care they need. We can take the time to make sure you are a good candidate for the procedure and provide you with exceptional care throughout your weight loss journey.