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What is laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding?

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The surgeon uses laparoscopic tools to place an inflatable silicone band around the upper stomach. He tightens the band so the stomach becomes a small pouch with a narrow outlet.

The result is that you feel full faster, so you eat less and lose weight. The surgeon can tighten or loosen the band, or even reverse the procedure, as needed.

SOURCES:

American Society for Bariatric Surgery: "Rationale for the Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity," "Bariatric Surgery."

 Virji, A. 2006. American Family Physician,

Brethauer, S. 2006. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine,

Cleveland Clinic: "Surgical Options for Extreme Obesity."

Buchwald, H. 2004. Journal of the American Medical Association,

Fisher, B. 2004. Obesity Surgery,

Kral, J. , 2006. British Medical Journal

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on March 25, 2017

SOURCES:

American Society for Bariatric Surgery: "Rationale for the Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity," "Bariatric Surgery."

 Virji, A. 2006. American Family Physician,

Brethauer, S. 2006. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine,

Cleveland Clinic: "Surgical Options for Extreme Obesity."

Buchwald, H. 2004. Journal of the American Medical Association,

Fisher, B. 2004. Obesity Surgery,

Kral, J. , 2006. British Medical Journal

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on March 25, 2017

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