The gastric band surgery is a safe, effective weight loss solution with fewer complications than with stomach stapling or Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RNY) surgery. The gastric bypass involves cutting, bypassing or rearrangement of the digestive tract, which is difficult to reverse.
The Gastric Band surgery requires no stapling or cutting of the stomach, so there’s no staple line to increase the chances for complications and it allows us to easily adjust the amount of food a patient can eat without the need for further surgery. The gastric bypass procedure cannot be adjusted, even in cases where additional nutrition is required such as during pregnancy or severe illness.
Gastric band surgery is performed laparoscopically (with a camera) at our practice which serves patients from Atlanta and Knoxville. Our surgeon uses several small incisions rather than one large incision. The gastric band procedure is considered the least traumatic of all the operations for severe obesity.
The gastric band avoids irreversible damage to the stomach and bowel anatomy, and if for any reason it needs to be removed, the stomach generally returns to its original form. The gastric bypass involves permanent cutting, bypassing or rearrangement of the digestive tract, which is tremendously difficult, risky and almost impossible to reverse.