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Gastric Banding Maintenance

 

We offer gastric banding maintenance to those who have received gastric banding surgery, a procedure that involves placement of a band around the upper part of your stomach to limit the amount of food you can eat. It allows you to feel fuller with less food so you can lose more weight.

At The University of Kansas Health System, we provide gastric banding maintenance to those who have had the surgery to lose weight, reduce weight-associated medical problems, increase longevity and improve quality of life.

What is adjustable gastric band surgery?

Gastric band surgery is a weight-loss procedure in which an adjustable silicone band is placed around the top of the stomach to create a small pouch that holds less food. This band can then be inflated with saline or deflated to adjust the amount of food that can be ingested. This technique is less complicated than other bariatric surgery options. People who have this procedure feel full faster and longer.

The silicone band has an inner ring that works like a balloon so your doctor can control the size of the opening between the pouch and the rest of the stomach. By increasing or decreasing the size of this balloon, your doctor can adjust how quickly food travels through the stomach. This means that after surgery, your band can be adjusted to provide you with the best weight-loss results and maximum comfort.