Perhaps the best-known weight loss procedure, the adjustable gastric banding procedure (LapBand® and Realize™ band) is a simple, yet reliable option for people who suffer from morbid obesity. The gastric band will help reduce the volume of solid food ingested, however will never choose its quality. Patients who have gastric banding performed must avoid high calorie liquids which represent ‘the easy way out’ and will lead to less than satisfactory results. This intervention is a great procedure for ‘overeaters of the right food’.
Under normal circumstances, if you consume a plate of food, after an adjustable gastric banding procedure you will consume only a few bites to be satisfied. Normal weight loss is on the order of 1-2 lbs/week. Regular follow-ups will allow real-time adjustments schedule so as to maintain your weight loss. Generally, two to three adjustments are required. These adjustments are performed in the office setting and only take a few moments.
Once your weight reduces so do the co-morbidities. Results vary, although large studies demonstrate 38-45% excess weight loss at 2-3 years. Finally, you will enjoy a life where you have the control back.