Gastric banding

The operation involves placing a ring-shaped inflatable band around the top of the stomach to create a point of restriction which limits how much food you can eat at one sitting.

The gastric band is usually inserted laparoscopically (by keyhole surgery) and takes less than an hour to perform. It involves making five small cuts on your abdomen to insert the camera and instruments for the operation. The band encircling the upper stomach and is connected by a tube to a small reservoir port that is placed under the skin of your abdomen.

The band works by restricting the amount of food that can be eaten at one sitting, but it needs to be adjusted to just the right degree of constriction to be effective. Food choices as well as the speed and timing of eating and food texture all influence its effectiveness. Continued close contact with the Weight Loss Surgery Scotland team is advised to achieve the best result.

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