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Gastric band

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Gastric band

The gastric band is a silicone band which is fitted by keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery around the top of the stomach.  Once it has been in place for 4-6 weeks, and the port wound has healed, the band can be adjusted with a needle via the access port by adding or removing sterile water.  Sometimes, depending on the amount of swelling, a small amount of sterile water is added at the time of surgery.  Depending on how well you are and where you live, this procedure is usually performed as a day case or involves one overnight hospital stay.