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Gastric banding is the second most common weight loss surgery performed by the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery.
This surgery has a similar goal to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, in that it makes the stomach smaller to reduce the amount of food you take in and to help your brain generate a feeling of fullness after eating small portions of food.
But, instead of reducing the size of your stomach, the procedure does its job by suturing an adjustable band around the top portion of the stomach. The band can be adjusted with a specialized needle -- usually in a clinic visit -- so you can have it loosened or tightened as needed to reach your weight loss goals.
Gastric banding is considered the least invasive method of weight loss surgery. The procedure can easily be reversed if necessary.
On February 16, 2011, the FDA approved gastric banding surgery for patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30-35 with at least one comorbid condition (diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, etc.) or 35+ without.
The requirement was previously a BMI of 35 for patients with a comorbidity and a BMI of 40 for patients without a comorbidity.
See how gastric banding is performed at the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery. Animation provided by Realize.
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