Gastric banding is part of the suite of surgical weight loss
options offered at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
With no cutting or stapling of the stomach, gastric banding is up
to 10 times safer than more extensive weight loss surgeries. As
effective as these procedures are, gastric banding is minimally
invasive, offering fewer risks and a generally faster recovery
time so you can be back to your normal activities in about 7
In most cases, the gastric band is put into place during a
laparoscopic procedure, using general anesthesia. The procedure
is performed through a few tiny incisions (usually 0.5-1.5 cm).
Often done on an outpatient basis, the surgery usually takes
about an hour.
Step One: Your surgeon implants the band
around the upper part of your stomach, much like a belt.
Step Two: A tube is then connected from the
band to a small access port, fixed beneath the skin of your
Step Three: After the first 4 to 6 weeks,
adjustments are made by adding or removing saline solution
through the access port. This is done as needed—more
frequently in the first year—to maintain optimal weight loss.
To learn more, call (818) 863-4225.
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