Gastric Band Surgery in Brownsville, TX
Schedule Your Weight Loss Surgery Consultation with Dr. Carlos A. Barba
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.
Dr. Carlos Barba specializes in surgical weight loss procedures at his weight loss center in Brownsville and Harlingen, TX. Dr. Barba uses state-of-the-art techniques to ensure each procedure is successful. To learn more about gastric band surgery and schedule your weight loss consultation with Dr. Barba, please call (956) 621-4981 or request an appointment through our secure online form today.
How Does the Procedure Work?
To place the band around your stomach, Dr. Carlos Barba 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. Dr. Barba can adjust the saline level in the band through the injection port to control the rate at which food passes into the stomach.
Recovering from Gastric Band Surgery
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. Over time 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.
Schedule a Consultation for Gastric Band Surgery in Harlingen & Brownsville, TX
Losing weight can be stressful and often times feel impossible. Dr. Carlos A. Barba is dedicated to helping patients find the best solution to their struggles with weight loss. He will help answer any questions you may have to determine if the gastric band procedure is right for you. For more information, please call (956) 621-4981 to schedule a consultation at our weight loss center in Brownsville & Harlingen, TX.