How Gastric Band Surgery Works


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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has recently undergone a gastric banding surgery. This is similar to a gastric bypass but much less invasive and more reversible. The band is an inflatable silicone band that is placed around the top of the patient’s stomach. Once inflated the band cuts down on the size of the stomach so that less food can be eaten in one sitting. This helps many to drop a good amount of excess weight, but there are risks and drawbacks.

The average gastric banding patient loses 40% of their excess bodyweight. While that may sound great, it is a hard life-long commitment and a strict diet must be followed after the surgery. It is definitely not for everyone. Many patients who have the surgery have complications as well.

A small study was done in 2011 and it found that nearly half of the patients with the banding surgery had complications. Of those patients 40% had serious complications. 22% had minor complications. 60% required another surgery to fix some kind of problems associated with the band including erosion and device malfunctions.

Despite the fact that so many have complications, 60% of the patients in the study said that they were happy with their results. The surgery is not for everyone and should be very carefully considered before undergoing it. It is a bit safer than the bypass surgery however.

During the bypass surgery there is a rerouting of the digestive track and food skips right over the small intestine. The surgery itself is more dangerous and the chance of popping the staples or stitches after if you are not completely committed is far worse than the band slipping.



  1. Kathy Sandru on

    When you talk about complications other than band slippage and erosion, you also have issues with dumping, which happens if you have any fats or sugars in your body, fats being meat. Dumping can be anything from abdominal pain, to vomiting to food being hard to swallow. You have to chew very thoroughly before swallowing. Also note there is a port area outside of your stomach that has to remain intact so when the doctor examines u and notes band slippage, he/she can go in and readjust it. So this surgery is to be taken very seriously.

  2. I will be doing my weight loss the old fashion way, dieting & exercise. Yes it will take longer but it will be worth it.

  3. Nana Baakan Agyiriwah on

    Not to mention after the weight loss, the body has excess skin and it will be quite flabby after a large weight loss. People may have to go further procedures of nipping and tucking to decrease the amount of sagging skin. It also requires a lot of exercise to tone the muscles and skin in the entire body, so yes, any huge amount of weight loss has it's draw backs particularly if it is not gradual and accompanied by exercise, diet and lifestyle changes. Exercise must be entered upon carefully so as not to strain or stress the delicate operation. Yes, it must be taken very seriously. I know someone who had this done. While she was pleased with her weight loss, she was not pleased with how her body looked esthetically. The picture above is a bit deceiving because it took more than the bypass to get her body to look like that. Some people have had to have multiple procedures to get rid of the excess flab that resulted from the excessive weight loss. The support process can be quite expensive. Perhaps Governor Christie has many more support options available to him than the average person.

  4. Ángelo Martínez on

    How a consistent healthy plant based diet and active lifestyle works… *looks down at 6 pack and grins*.

  5. Princess P. on

    People didn’t need surgery to become overweight. They shouldn’t need surgery to lose weight. Patience, restricted diet, exercise, and determination. Why put your self through the risks of surgery.

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