Gastric band surgery is a procedure where a band is used to reduce the stomach’s size, so a smaller amount of food is required to make patient feel full.
The band is connected to an access port, which is placed under the skin. Saline (sterile salt water) can be passed through this port to inflate the band. This allows the band to be adjusted as required after surgery.
This is a procedure where patient’s digestive system is re-routed past most of his/her stomach, so patient digests less food and it takes much less to make patient feel full.
Special surgical staplers are used to create a small pouch at the top of patient’s stomach. This pouch is then connected directly to a section of his/her small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach and bowel.
A procedure where some of the stomach is removed to reduce the amount of food that’s required to make patient feel full is called sleeve gastrectomy.