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Mercy Bariatric Surgery–Gastric Banding (LAP-BAND®/Realize Band)

What is gastric banding?

Gastric banding surgery induces weight loss by reducing the capacity of the stomach, which restricts the amount of food that can be consumed.

What does the gastric banding surgery entail?

Diagram of gastric banding on stomach - imageDuring the procedure, the surgeon will use small incisions and long-shafted instruments (laparoscopic techniques) to implant an inflatable silicone band into the your abdomen. Like a wristwatch, the band is fastened around the supper stomach to create a new, tiny stomach pouch that limits and controls the amount of food you eat. It also creates a small outlet that slows the emptying process into the stomach and the intestines.

As a result, you experience an earlier sensation of fullness and are satisfied with smaller amounts of food. The diameter of the band is adjustable for a customized weight-loss rate. Your individual needs can change as you lose weight.

What is recovery from gastric banding like?

Since there is no cutting, stapling or stomach re-routing involved in the gastric banding procedure, it is considered the least traumatic of all weight-loss surgeries. The minimally-invasive approach to the surgery also offers the advantages of reduced pain, shortened hospital stay and quicker recovery.

Mercy Gastric Banding Support & Services

Mercy Weight Loss & Nutrition Center is pleased to be offering qualifying patients the minimally-invasive gastric banding bariatric surgery. Mercy is the only hospital in central Iowa who offers patients the option of either LAP-BAND or Realize Band devices.

Mercy Weight Loss & Nutrition Center will work closely with you and provide a customized and comprehensive plan tailored to your needs. The team of highly specialized dieticians and surgical staff will partner with you during all steps of the gastric banding process. From consult to recovery, they will be there to offer support and answer any questions you may have.

Ready to start your journey?

Request your free weight loss consultation through this quick online form or contact Mercy Weight Loss & Nutrition Center at (515) 358-9400.

Check out the schedule of upcoming lectures, the first step to bariatric surgery. Please consult Mercy Weight Loss & Nutrition Center for more information.

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