Gastric Band

What is it? and How does it work?
This is another option for patients with exess weight. During the procedire and adjustable silicone band is placed around the upper stomach. The stomach is "dividided" into two parts: a small top that works like the small stomach and the other large, it is the rest of the stomach.
The band is connected to a valve which is placed under the skin of the abdomen and can inject liquid to adjust the band. Usually the opperation takes less than an hour, the patient is in the hospital one day and return to normal activities in less than week.
The weight loss is slower than with gastric bypass, patients lose an average of 50% of excess weight within a year.