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What is laparoscopic gastric banding for weight-loss surgery?

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Adjustable gastric banding (also called laparoscopic gastric banding, or lap band surgery), is the least invasive weight loss surgery. In gastric banding, a surgeon puts a silicone ring around your upper stomach.

The surgeon can adjust the ring's tightness by injecting saline through the skin to fill up the band or taking out saline to loosen it. This fine-tunes the exact size of the stomach.

If necessary, the procedure can often be reversed. Gastric banding is also less likely to cause nutritional problems, but it usually results in less weight loss than gastric bypass surgery.

From: What Is Gastric Bypass Surgery? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Brief History and Summary of Bariatric Surgery;" "Rationale for the Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity;" "Gastric Banding and Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding;" and "Bariatric Surgery." 

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

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Cleveland Clinic: "Surgical Options for Extreme Obesity."

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Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 25, 2017

SOURCES:

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Brief History and Summary of Bariatric Surgery;" "Rationale for the Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity;" "Gastric Banding and Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding;" and "Bariatric Surgery." 

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

Virji, A. April 15, 2006. American Family Physician,

Kral, J.   , Oct. 28, 2006. British Medical Journal

Fisher, B. January 2004. Obesity Surgery,

Buchwald, H., Oct. 13, 2004. Journal of the American Medical Association,

Cleveland Clinic: "Surgical Options for Extreme Obesity."

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 25, 2017

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