Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band

The adjustable gastric band was very popular during the last decade but its outcomes were suboptimal and did not meet the expectations. As a result the demand for this procedure has decreased significantly the last few years. Furthermore this procedure requires the implantation of a foreign device which often causes a chronic inflammatory reaction that aims to isolate and reject the device.

The main characteristics of the adjustable gastric band are:

  • The gastric band is placed at the junction of the esophagus and the stomach.
  • The gastric band can be inflated or deflated with the injection or removal of saline into the band’s port which is implanted at the abdominal wall underneath one of the skin incisions.
  • The small bowel is not bypassed.
  • Based on Dr. Raftopoulos’ experience you will lose on average 40% of your excess weight.

The average operative time is 1 hour, the average hospital stay is 1 day and return to work is anticipated in one week.