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We’ve Changed Our Name

We have change our name from West Coast Bariatric Surgery to Richmond Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery to reflect the location of our program and the current role of bariatric surgery in the treatment of comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, etc.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (LAGB)

What is an Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band?

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (LAGB)

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (LAGB)

An adjustable gastric band is a surgical device that is wrapped around the upper stomach, making a pouch the size of an egg (50 ml or 4 tablespoons).  This creates a dime-size opening from the small pouch to the rest of the stomach.  The band has a tube that connects to an access port that is secured under the skin.  By adding or removing saline (salt solution) from the port, the band tightness can be adjusted.

How does it work?

The creation of the small pouch limits the amount of food you can eat.  When you eat, the pouch will become distended and you will feel full.  The small opening of the pouch will slow the rate food empties into the rest of the stomach.  This will help you feel full longer.  You will eat less and take in fewer calories, which will help you lose weight.  If you eat more than the pouch can hold, you will feel nauseated and you may vomit.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (LAGB) video