Gastric Band Procedure

The Only Adjustable and Reversible Surgical Weight Loss Option

Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions now offers gastric banding, a surgical weight loss option also known as LAP-BAND® surgery.  Performed laparoscopically, it is the least invasive surgical weight-loss option available in the United States. Deaconess surgeons Chris Haughn, MD and Todd Burry, MD offer the new procedure in addition to the gastric bypass procedure. 

The Gastric Banding Procedure

The gastric banding procedure involves placing an adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach to limit stomach capacity and increase the feeling of fullness. Once implanted, the band can be tightened or loosened. The surgeon adjusts the band by inflating it with saline or deflating it. Gastric band adjustments are performed in an outpatient setting in a matter of minutes.

Your Role in Determining Your Weight Loss Success

Gastric banding is a simple yet innovative tool to help you achieve a healthier, happier life. However, the surgery isn't an easy answer. You will play an active role in the weight-loss process and ultimate success of the procedure. To achieve and sustain weight loss, you must commit to a lifetime of healthful eating and exercise. Moreover, the surgery isn't a quick fix. Expect gradual weight loss. Most patients average a loss of 1-2 pounds per week over the first year. Your individual excess weight-loss results may vary.

Indications for Surgery

You may be eligible for gastric banding surgery if:

  • You are at least 18 years old.
  • You weigh at least twice your ideal weight or at least 100 pounds more than your ideal weight.
  • You have been overweight for more than 5 years.
  • Your serious weight-loss attempts have had only short-term success.
  • You are not suffering from any other disease that may have caused your obesity.
  • You are prepared to make substantial changes in your eating habits and lifestyle, and to continue being monitored by the specialist treating you.
  • You do not drink alcohol in excess.

If you do not meet the weight criteria, you still may be considered for surgery if you are suffering from serious health problems. Your surgeon may have additional criteria.

Contraindications to Gastric Banding Surgery
Gastric banding is not right for you if:

  1. You have an inflammatory disease or condition of the gastrointestinal tract, such as ulcers, severe esophagitis, or Crohn's disease.
  2. You have severe heart or lung disease that makes you a poor candidate for surgery.
  3. You have some other disease that makes you a poor candidate for surgery.
  4. You have a problem that could cause bleeding in the esophagus or stomach. That might include esophageal or gastric varices (a dilated vein). It might also be something such as congenital or acquired intestinal telangiectasia (dilation of a small blood vessel).
  5. You have portal hypertension.
  6. Your esophagus, stomach, or intestine is not normal (congenital or acquired). For instance you might have a narrowed opening.
  7. You have or have experienced an intra-operative gastric injury, such as a gastric perforation at or near the location of the intended band placement.
  8. You have cirrhosis.
  9. You have chronic pancreatitis.
  10. You are pregnant. (If you become pregnant after the LAP-BAND System has been placed, the band may need to be deflated. The same is true if you need more nutrition for any other reason, such as becoming seriously ill. In rare cases, removal may be needed.)
  11. You are addicted to alcohol or drugs.
  12. You are under 18 years of age.
  13. You have an infection anywhere in your body or one that could contaminate the surgical area.
  14. You are on chronic, long-term steroid treatment.
  15. You cannot or do not want to follow the dietary rules that come with this procedure.
  16. You might be allergic to materials in the device.
  17. You cannot tolerate pain from an implanted device.
  18. You or someone in your family has an autoimmune connective tissue disease. That might be a disease such as systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroderma. The same is true if you have symptoms of one of these diseases.