Gastric Band Weight Loss Surgery in Brownsville & Harlingen, TX
The gastric band is an adjustable piece of equipment that is placed around the upper part of the stomach to restrict how much you can eat. Unlike gastric bypass and gastric sleeve, the gastric band procedure involves no cutting our stapling of the stomach.
How Does the Procedure Work?
To place the band around your stomach, your surgeon will use a laparoscopic method (minimally invasive) to access your stomach. Once the band is in place, an injection port is installed with a small tube connected to the band so that adjustments can be made after the surgery. Doctors can adjust the saline level in the band through the injection port to control the rate at which food passes into the stomach.
Recovery and Post-Op Procedures
The procedure only takes 1-2 hours, and has a quicker recovery time than gastric bypass surgeries, but it does vary by case. Most people can return to work one week after surgery (depending on the job). There will be some pain after the surgery which is normal and will be controlled with medication prescribed by your doctor. It takes about 3-5 weeks to begin eating solid food again. After 6-8 weeks*, you will feel as normal as you did before the surgery.
Initially, weight loss will be drastic, about 2-3 pounds per week. Overtime that will decrease to about 1 pound per week then after 18 months, weight loss will significantly decrease. The majority of the weight loss will occur within the first year.*
The band is meant to be long-term, but it can be removed if necessary at the discretion of you and your doctor.
*Individual results may vary.
Band Fills and Adjustments
4-6 weeks after the surgery, you will begin doing adjustments, or fills, to your band with your doctor. This is approximately 1 week after you begin eating solid food again. Because of the injection port, adjustments don’t need additional surgery and only take 5-10 minutes. There is no set schedule for adjustments and depends on the conversation between you and Dr. Barba.
For more information Call the office of Dr. Carlos A. Barba at (956) 621-4981 to schedule a consultation.