Why Highlands Regional for Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery?

The Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding system is the least invasive, safest surgical option for weight loss available today. It is the only adjustable surgical option for customized weight loss and is completely reversible.

The lLaparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding system advantage

Minimal trauma

  • Least invasive surgical option
  • No intestinal re-routing
  • No cutting or stapling of the stomach wall or bowel
  • Small incisions and minimal scarring
  • Reduced patient pain, length of hospital stay and recovery period

Fewer risks and side effects

  • Significantly lower mortality risk than other obesity surgery procedures
  • Low risk of nutritional deficiencies associated with gastric bypass
  • Reduced risk of hair loss
  • No "dumping syndrome" related to dietary intake restrictions


  • Allows individualized degree of restriction for ideal, long-term weight loss rate
  • Adjustments performed without additional surgery
  • Supports pregnancy by allowing stomach outlet size to be opened for increased nutritional needs


  • Removable at any time
  • Stomach and other anatomy are generally restored to their original forms and functions

How does Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding work?

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding induces weight loss by reducing the capacity of the stomach, which restricts the amount of food that can be consumed. During the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding procedure, bariatric surgeons use laparoscopic techniques (using small incisions and long-shafted instruments), to implant an inflatable silicone band into the patient's abdomen. Like a wristwatch, the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band is fastened around the upper stomach to create a new, tiny stomach pouch that limits and controls the amount of food you eat. It also creates a small outlet that slows the emptying process into the stomach and the intestines. As a result, patients experience an earlier sensation of fullness and are satisfied with smaller amounts of food. In turn, this results in weight loss.

Am I a candidate for Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding?

Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is a useful indicator of whether or not your are a good candidate for Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery. In general, weight loss surgery and the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding procedure may be the right approach if your BMI is over 40. For some people with a BMI less than 40 who have obesity related health conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease or severe sleep apnea, Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery may still be a good choice. Other than BMI, a good indicator is if you weigh twice your ideal weight or are at least 100 pounds overweight.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery may be right for you if:

  • Your BMI is more than 40 or more than 30 with an obesity related health condition
  • You weigh twice your ideal weight or are at least 100 pounds overweight
  • You have been overweight for 5 years or more
  • You have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise
  • You do not have an illness that has caused you to be overweight
  • You do not drink too much alcohol
  • You are committed to making changes in your diet and lifestyle
  • You are willing to continue working with and be monitored by your Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding doctor

Losing weight can be extremely difficult, and for people who have 100 pounds or more to lose, it can be even more challenging. For some, weight-loss surgery may offer a solution where other methods have failed. Bariatric surgery can be life transforming, offering individuals an opportunity to lead a more active and satisfying life.

*Weight loss surgery: Patient results may vary. Consult your physician about the benefits and risks of weight loss surgery.