Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band

UW Health’s Surgical Weight Management surgery team offers the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band.


The Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Procedure


The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band is a device designed to limit the capacity of your stomach.


UW Health bariatric surgery options: laparoscopic adjustable gastric bandDuring the procedure, a device is placed around the upper part of the stomach forming a small gastric pouch. Using a port placed beneath the skin, the band is inflated or deflated with saline (salt water) to adjust restriction. Most patients typically go home the day of the procedure or have a one-night hospital stay.


Benefits of Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band

  • The band helps you lose weight by limiting food intake (caloric restriction), slowing the stomach’s emptying process and increasing your awareness of feeling full.
  • In this procedure, no intestine is bypassed; therefore, digestion and absorption remain normal.
  • The band does not provide hormonal changes for hunger and glycemic control, nor does it have metabolic effects that the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures offer.
  • The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band provides gradual weight loss (one to two pounds per week for two to three years).
  • The band is intended to remain in place permanently.

Patients should bear in mind, however, it is the least permanent and least successful procedure of the three offered. The band typically yields 20 to 40 percent excess weight loss, compared to 50 to 80 percent for bypass and sleeve.