Advantages of Gastric Banding

Advantages
• No stomach stapling, cutting, or intestinal rerouting
• Low complication rates
• Low malnutrition risk
• Adjustable – customized per patient
• Reversible
• Minimally invasive
• Satiety – inducing procedure

Disadvantages
• Slower initial weight loss
• Regular follow-up critical for optimal results
• Requires implanted medical device
• Less experience in the United States

Weighing the Benefits
As with any surgery, there are both risks and benefits to having adjustable gastric banding surgery. Obesity is a chronic health problem that can lead to other major health issues including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes to name a few. Often, the risks can outweigh the benefits, but you must consider both sides before you decide to have the surgery. Click here for more information.