Adjustable Gastric Banding
The first gastric band was placed in 1982. An evolution of innovative design concepts and modified surgical techniques have led to impressive standards of success with very low risk. The band of today, including the Realize Band® system, is made from non-allergenic material, and most importantly, is adjustable at the bedside.
The band induces and maintains weight loss by restricting how much food you are able to eat at each sitting. The band is connected to a port that lies beneath your skin. The port can be felt, but not easily seen. Saline is placed into the port with a fine needle to adjust the diameter of the band, thereby adjusting how much food is restricted. Fine adjustments over time lead to slow, but sustained, weight loss.