Expert Gastric Banding

Gastric banding is a weight loss surgery procedure that has helped countless men and women achieve a healthy weight in a safe, controlled manner. Though Dr. Bernie Hanna no longer performs this surgery he is still a Master Surgeon in Las Vegas with extensive experience performing gastric band surgery, and his patients have achieved an awe-inspiring level of success. Now, Dr. Hanna specializes in the removal of the Gastric Band, when it is determined that removeal is necessary. 

What is Gastric Band Surgery?

Gastric band surgery is a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure that takes about 30 minutes. An adjustable band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, dividing it into a small upper pouch that holds nearly half a cup of food and a larger lower stomach. Creating a smaller stomach pouch limits the amount of food you can eat at one time, producing the feeling of fullness much faster and for longer. As you eat much less food, your body absorbs fewer calories, burning fat cells for energy. Though this surgery is still done, Dr. Hanna has turned his focus on other procedures to help the many Americans and people from around the world to achieve thier weightloss goals. 

Who is a Candidate for Gastric Band Surgery?

Though Dr. Hanna is no longer performing this surgery, to get an idea of who are candidates for this surgical procedure:

  • Have a BMI greater than 40 or are more than 100 pounds above their ideal body weight
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the procedure
  • Have a BMI between 30 and 40, if there are other weight-related medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes
  • Are willing to commit to significant changes in future eating habits

What Should I Expect?

General anesthesia is administered before a tiny camera, a laparoscope, is placed through a small abdominal incision to allow our surgeon to perform the procedure. A band is then placed on the upper area of your stomach, separating it from the lower portion, which takes about 30 minutes. The lap band is adjustable and can be altered if needed.

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Gastric Band Recovery

In most cases, patients can resume their routines within one week after the removal of the Gastric Band. That said, every patient is different, so Dr. Hanna will provide specific instructions on how you should navigate the recovery. To give you a general idea of what to expect during your recovery, the following can help shed some light on what you can expect during this process:

  • Avoid baths for the first two weeks
  • You can shower, but be sure to pat down the incision areas when drying yourself
  • Avoid fast movements or any heavy lifting 
  • Get as much rest as you need
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid constipation
  • To stay active, take a walk daily
  • Keep to a liquid or soft diet for the first few days
  • If prescribed pain medicine, take it as directed
  • Keep the incision areas clean, but do not use alcohol or peroxide

If you notice any signs of infection or other possible complications, do not hesitate to contact the Las Vegas Bariatrics team.

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Why Choose Las Vegas Bariatrics for Gastric Band Surgery?

Dr. Bernie Hanna, Dr. Morgan Pomeranz, and Dr. Punam Patel are highly skilled in performing Gastric Band removal surgery and other weight loss procedures for a successful health and wellness journey. They will explain your treatment options and guide you to the best surgical approach to match your unique condition and goals. Beyond the outstanding skills of our medical team at Las Vegas Bariatrics, you gain a lifetime of support. Weight loss and lifestyle changes are possible but require ongoing support and care. When you work with us, we are your team members to support you in all the years ahead!

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