Gastric banding surgery is a type of Bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery)
procedure performed to limit the amount of food a person can eat.
In gastric banding surgery, no part of the stomach is
removed and the digestive process remains intact.
This procedure involves attaching an inflatable band around the top portion of
the stomach and tightening it like a belt to form a small pouch that serves as a
new, much smaller stomach that can hold about one ounce of food. The food from this "new" stomach empties into the closed-off
portion of the stomach and then resumes the normal digestive process. Over time,
the pouch can expand to hold two to three ounces of food.
The LAP-BAND® System
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