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A 38-year-old member asked:

how effective is gastric banding?

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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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75% work. 50% wt los: The band works in about 75% of patients. The eventual band removal rate is about 25%. You must be willing to get fills to tighten the band and then eat solid food that gets.
Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
It's you: The band is a tool. You do the work. If you don't want to do the work then wait until you really are willing.
Dr. Scott Welle
Bariatrics 16 years experience
About 50-60% EWL: On average the band can provide a 50-60% reduction in your excess body weight. Weight loss is gradual may take years for you to reach your maximal weight loss.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

I was denied gastric banding but have been offered the balloon. What do you think?

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Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Prob bad idea: I'm not sure what procedure the ballon is other than the intra-gastric ballon.This is still considered experimental and i'm surprised your insurance will actually cover this procedure.It is a temporary fix as the ballon should not be left in place longer than 3-6 months.Stick with tried and approved procedures such as the band, bypass, sleeve or duodenal switch.Insurance will usually cover these.
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General Surgery 33 years experience
Depending on your Body Mass Index, the gastric band may not be the best choice for you; I agree with Dr. St. Laurent that you should consider a gastric bypass, gastric sleeve resection, or duodenal switch.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What do doctors think of gastric-banding?

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Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Like it: It is a great tool for weight loss and works best with lifestyle changes.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Who has the gastric banding done?

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Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Morbid obesity: People who have about 80 plus pounds to lose. Check with lapband.Com.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What are some of the complications after gastric banding?

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Dr. Scott Welle
Bariatrics 16 years experience
Slip and erosion: The major complications with the band are a slip where the band causes a partial or complete blockage of the stomach or an erosion where the band erodes into the stomach causing a hole in the stomach.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: gastric banding?

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Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Weight loss: The band is placed around the stomach to decrease appetite. It does not work when you eat- it works two hours later. The band adds pressure to the stomach and that allows your body to be fooled into thinking your last meal was more than it was. It does not make you feel full, it does not make you feel satisfied when you eat, it works two hours later. - it is a great weight loss operation.

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