Bariatric Surgery

Gastric banding is placing an adjustable band around the top portion of a person’s stomach reducing its capacity and creating a small pouch above the band with the remainder of the stomach below. The two parts are connected by means of a small opening created by the band. Food will pass through from the upper stomach pouch more slowly, which means you will feel full longer.

One benefit of the band is the ability to adjust it by adding or removing saline. Inflating the band with saline increases its restrictive abilities, increasing the rate of weight loss. Deflating the band allows food to pass through the stomach at a faster rate and reduces weight loss. Inflating and deflating the band is done by injecting or removing saline through the access port, which is placed under the skin in muscle, connected by a tube to the band.

The main function of the band is to restrict the amount of food a person can eat before feeling full resulting in weight loss. By slowing the passage of food from the small stomach pouch to the rest of the stomach allows the person to feel full longer. Acting together, the smaller stomach size and delayed emptying allows the person to control the amount of food they eat and lose weight. Some benefits of gastric band surgery include: minimal trauma, fewer risks, adjustable, reversible and is an effective long-term weight management solution.

Gastric bands are normally applied using laparoscopic surgery. Instead of a large abdominal incision, a bariatric surgeon inserts special instruments through a series of small holes in the abdominal wall. Laparoscopic surgery usually means a shorter recovery time, less visible scars, less risk of infection, and reduced discomfort from the procedure.


Christopher Smith, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Christopher Smith, M.D., F.A.C.S.
  • Specialty:  Bariatric Surgery
  • Board Certification:  American Board of Surgery
  • Medical School:  Medical College of Georgia
  • Residency:  Georgia Baptist Medical Center

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