Gastric band surgery is a surgical procedure that wraps an adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach. This forms a small stomach pouch above the band that fills up quicker after eating.

As a result, successful Gastric band patients:

Feel full sooner while eating

Lose between 25% and 75% of their excess weight

Improvement and curing of health problems that are associated with obesity


Adjustable band wrapped around the top section of the stomach

Smaller belly ‘section’ above band fills up quicker after eating

Patient feels full sooner while eating and consumes less as a result

Gastric band Insertion Techniques

There are two techniques your surgeon can use to insert the band which are:

Perigastric Technique (PGT)

Pars Flaccida Technique (PFT)

It was reported by three different studies that the pars flaccida technique (PFT) is safer and results in a lower rate of band slippage.

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After Gastric band surgery weight loss is rapid:

3 Month Average: About 20% of unwanted weight has disappeared

6 Month Average: About 30% of excess weight has disappeared

12 Month Common: About 40% of unwanted weight has disappeared

2 Year Normal: More than half of excess weight has disappeared


long-term weight loss is possible in obese people

rapid recovery

lower risk of wound infections and hernias after surgery

there is reduced threat of conditions related to excess weight such as diabetes, high blood pressure,  and urinary incontinence

no loss of nutrient absorption

improvement in the quality of life shortly after surgery in most case.


Before you can qualify, the following are required:

30+ body mass index (BMI)

If BMI is less than 40, there must be at least one obesity-related health problem

You can also be a good candidate for gastric band surgery if:

You have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, OR

Your BMI is between 35 and 39.9 and you have a serious health problem linked to obesity

Some serious health issues connected with obesity include:

High blood circulation pressure

High cholesterol

Type 2 diabetes

Sleep apnea


Gastric band surgery is usually covered if your policy includes bariatric surgery

In the United States, the Gastric band surgery System is covered under any insurance plan that includes weight loss surgery, as long as you have the following:

Completed a medically supervised diet program

A body mass index (BMI) greater than 35 with health problems or over 40 without health issues


Adequate preparation reduces your surgery risk, leads to more weight loss, & saves you some money

Your surgeon will work close together with you amid the weeks leading up to your Gastric band surgery, most of which include the next:

Encouragement on losing as much weight while possible

Make a medical assessment, including questions about your medical history, medications, and surgical history

Performing some tests like an ECG, x-ray, and blood tests

Instituting a pre-surgery diet regimen, including:

2 Weeks Before

No sugar

Lower carbohydrates

Increased protein

Increased veggies

Plenty of fluids

2 Days Before

Clear liquids, broth, one protein shake per day only

Discuss with your surgeon about whether you should put an end to taking any medications

12 Hours Before

There is no food or drink, no tobacco


Gastric band surgery patients usually:

Hospital stay of up to one day

Get back to work in a week or two

Full recovery happens within 6 weeks.


Restricted diet with supplementation

Ongoing band adjustments

Regular exercise

Personal relationships may change


Reduction in the quantity of food the abdomen can hold

Gastric band surgery induces unwanted weight lack of approximately 40 – 50 percent

There is absolutely no cutting of the stomach or rerouting of the intestines

For gastric band surgery, hospital stay is short, usually significantly less than 24 hours, with some clinics discharging their patient on the same day of the surgery

Gastric band surgery is definitely reversible and adjustable

Gastric band surgery has the lowest price of early postoperative complications and mortality among other approved bariatric procedures

There is low risk for vitamin/mineral deficiencies in gastric band surgery

How does gastric band surgery compare to Other Weight Loss Procedures?

Gastric band surgery is certainly one of the best surgical procedure for weight loss & health improvement

Weight reduction differs from individual to patient

It is a reversible weight loss procedure

It outcomes in 50%+ average excess weight loss (EWL)

Highest long-term ‘failure’ rate among 50%+ EWL procedures

Risks & problems that may occur

Potential complications include:

Slippage – there is always the risk that as time goes by your stomach will change its position by moving up through the band and enlargement of the higher pouch occurs.

Erosion – very slow, especially if the balloon is heavily inflated, the band can enter either through the tummy wall and stop being effective. In this case, the band will be removed and replaced if possible.

Leakage – two of the band components can be separated because of the damage of the reservoir or tubing. This would require the replacement of the damaged part.

Infection of the reservoir/port or tubing – you may need to replace your band if infection persists. With severe attacks that are resistant to antibiotics, the band could be removed.

You may have gastro-oesophageal reflux or GER when the stomach contents are raised into the esophagus.