More than 30% of Americans meet the criteria for obesity, which is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. While lifestyle modifications are advised to treat obesity, many people cannot shed the weight and turn to bariatric surgery.
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.