During a LAGB procedure, a band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small pouch that can hold only a small amount of food. The system helps the patient eat less and increases the time it takes for food to be digested. After the device is placed, the doctor can adjust the opening between the pouch and the lower part of the stomach by adding or removing fluid in the hollow band through a small access port placed under the skin. This controls the rate at which food passes through the stomach.
This procedure only limits the amount of food consumed, not necessarily the types of foods that can be eaten. For this reason, one must be committed to a healthy lifestyle.
Patients who undergo gastric banding surgery may experience improvement in, or resolution of, the following health problems:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Sleep apnea
- Acid reflux
- Elevated blood pressure
- Elevated cholesterol levels
How Can I Learn More about Bariatric Surgery?
We encourage anyone who is interested in weight loss surgery to attend one of our FREE public information sessions (also called PI meetings), which are offered monthly throughout the area. Check our calendar for upcoming sessions here.
At these educational sessions, you will learn about:
- the surgical procedures available
- the application process
- any required pre-operative evaluation
To learn more about weight loss surgery options or for a list of public information sessions, call Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Bariatric Services at or fill out our "Contact Us" form here.