Weight Loss Procedures
In this procedure, a band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach. This creates a small stomach pouch above the band and the rest of the stomach below the band. With a smaller stomach pouch, a smaller amount of food will give you a feeling of fullness. The full feeling depends on the size of the opening between the pouch and the rest of the stomach. The size of the stomach opening can be adjusted by filling the band with sterile saline, placed through a port under the skin. The size of the opening is gradually reduced over time with additional adjustments. After this procedure, food is digested and absorbed normally. This procedure seems to reduce hunger and as a result, the amount of calories that are consumed.