Gastric banding surgery uses an inflatable band to reduce the size of the stomach. The aim is to slow and limit the amount of food that can be consumed at one time and thus promote gradual weight loss.
The procedure entails placing an inflatable band around the upper part of the stomach to make the stomach pouch smaller.
This procedure does not affect gastric emptying time, but it does limit food intake, reduce appetite and slow digestion.
The band works by reducing the size of the top of the stomach, so it can only hold just over 100 mls of food at a time.
It fills up quickly, slowing the passage of food through the digestive tract.
Fullness is registered by the upper part of the stomach. Consequently, reducing that part of the stomach, means the person will feel hungry less often and full more quickly and for longer.
As the patient loses weight, the band will need adjustment to continue to be effective. This is done by adding a saline solution through a small access port placed just under the skin.
This is the least invasive weight loss surgery and is completely reversible. However, it may not be appropriate for patients who are extremely obese, have complicating medical issues or have previously had abdominal surgery.
All bariatric surgery procedures will be performed by our well sought-after Bariatric surgeon at accredited Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur.