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What are the pros of gastric banding surgery?

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  • It's often a minimally invasive surgery performed with small incisions, a laparoscope (a tiny camera), and special instruments.
  • There is no need to cut into the stomach or intestine, and recovery is usually faster than with gastric bypass surgery.
  • The operation can be reversed by surgically removing the band.
  • The band can be tightened or loosened in the doctor's office to control weight loss and nutritional needs.
  • Serious complications are uncommon. But gastric bands can slip out of place, become too loose, or leak. Should this happen, you may need more surgery.

SOURCES: News release, Allergan. Sjöström, L. , December 2004. WebMD Medical Reference: "What to Expect After Weight Loss Surgery;" "Your Options in Weight Loss Surgery: Making the Choice;" "Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery;" "Life After Weight Loss Surgery;" and "Is Weight Loss Surgery for You?"


New England Journal of Medicine

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Bariatric Surgery Procedures."

Cleveland Clinic. 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 7, 2019

SOURCES: News release, Allergan. Sjöström, L. , December 2004. WebMD Medical Reference: "What to Expect After Weight Loss Surgery;" "Your Options in Weight Loss Surgery: Making the Choice;" "Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery;" "Life After Weight Loss Surgery;" and "Is Weight Loss Surgery for You?"


New England Journal of Medicine

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Bariatric Surgery Procedures."

Cleveland Clinic. 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 7, 2019

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