The Gastric Band is also the only bariatric surgery that is reversible and it is also the least invasive.
Patients who choose the Gastric Band, traditionally experience slower weight loss, at an average loss of forty percent of excess body fat. As in all weight loss procedures, the Gastric Band is a tool to help you take control of your weight while making conscious lifestyle changes to achieve long-term success.
Portion control is one of the benefits of the Gastric Band. A small pouch is formed when the band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach. The band is meant to stay in place for the rest of your life to help maintain portion control and weight loss.
The Gastric Band is a low-risk procedure that is placed laparoscopically. Very small incisions are made for placement of the band, and it is generally performed as an outpatient procedure. Recovery is usually within seven days and you are quickly back to daily life with your new band to help you gain control of your weight.
Patients will need to have a number of fills to the pillow pouch of the band until the patient reaches what is called the “green zone.” This is accessed through a port that is placed under the skin on your side. Even after you lose your weight, no one can see the port. In the “green zone,” the patient is not hungry and has consistent weight loss, which is what Dr. Ahmed likes to see.