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How Does Gastric Banding Work?

The gastric banding procedure involves an adjustable silicone elastomer band being surgically placed around the stomach, limiting food intake.

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The access port of the band is placed under the skin and used to adjust the band, creating the correct amount of restriction. Eating less forces your body to draw on its own fat reserves to get the energy it needs to function. This is when the weight loss process starts. Read the Lap-Band® System Procedure fact sheet (PDF) or watch a short demonstration video.

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Gastric banding is not a miracle cure, but an extremely effective tool to be used in combination with close follow up counseling support, behavior modification, and new dietary habits. Support groups are held once a month from 5:15-6:15 pm at CMC/DHK in North Conference Rooms.

Team spirit

Pam Morrison is not only the program coordinator, she's also a bariatric surgery patient. Two-and-a-half years ago Pam had gastric bypass surgery. Since then, she's lost more than 100 lbs. and is an enthusiastic spokesperson for the gastric banding procedure because she understands firsthand the daily battle so many people face. She says, "I still have an eating disorder and I'll always struggle with weight issues, but now I feel great and I'm healthy again."

Bariatric surgeries are all about getting healthy and enabling people to get back into life. This is good for patients, good for their families, and good for the entire community. When obesity is reduced, the co-morbidities that go along with it are also reduced – as are health care visits and expenses. Consequently productivity is increased, benefitting our community and our patients.