Adjustable Gastric Band

Use of the Laparoscopic Gastric Banding procedure (Lap-Band®, Realize™ Band) limits the amount of food the stomach can hold (restriction) by Laparoscopic Gastric Banding.

This surgery is done laparoscopically and is considered minimally invasive.

The band is considered a "tool" which helps you achieve sustained weight loss by limiting how much you can eat, reducing your appetite and slowing digestion. Patients report feeling full and satisfied after a small amount of food, and not feeling excessively hungry most of the time.

A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, commonly referred to as a 'a band', lap band or LAGB, is an inflatable silicone device placed around the top portion of the stomach to treat obesity.

  • The surgeon places an inflatable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach.
  • The surgeon makes a small tunnel behind the top of the stomach to guide the band through and wrap it around the upper part of the stomach.
  • The band is then locked in place and connected by tubing to an access port that is placed beneath the skin.
  • The band is adjustable and is filled with saline to create a new small stomach pouch above the larger part of the stomach. Adjustments of the band (or "fills") will start 6 weeks following surgery.
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Surgical Weight Loss

  • Location

    St. Vincent’s Medical Center
    2800 Main Street
    Bridgeport, CT 06606
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  • Contact Us

    Phone: 203-576-6000
    TTY: 203-576-6096

    To speak with a surgical weight loss coordinator, call 203-576-5431.

  • What to Expect?

    To help put your mind at ease, we’ve listed some details of what you can expect the day of, and immediately following your weight loss surgery.


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