St. David’s Bariatric Center – Gastric Band

St. David’s Bariatric Center – Gastric Band


– [Narrator] To gain access
to the abdominal cavity, small incisions are
created on the abdomen. Trocars, which serve as passageways for the surgical instruments,
are placed into the incisions. The surgical instruments are placed through the trocars into
the abdominal cavity. The surgeon examines the abdominal cavity using a laparoscope or video camera. In preparation for the Band, a tunnel is created behind the stomach. The REALIZE band is introduced to the abdomen through a trocar. The REALIZE Band is positioned around the upper portion of the stomach and then secured using
the locking mechanism. A tube attached to the REALIZE Band will be connected to the injection port. The port is used to adjust the
Band tightness after surgery. An incision is made on the upper abdomen to insert the REALIZE injection
port beneath the skin. The tube is secured using the
locking connector on the port. The injection port and tube
are placed beneath the skin. The REALIZE band does not
alter your digestive function. Food consumed passes
through the digestive tract in the normal route. Your surgeon may tighten the REALIZE Band by injecting saline
into the injection port. As the saline is introduced
to the REALIZE injection port, it travels through the tube to the Band. The addition of saline to the Band creates a smaller upper-stomach pouch. This smaller stomach pouch restricts the amount of food you can
eat before feeling full. As with all weight loss
procedures, behavior modification and dietary compliance
plays a critical part in determining the long-term
success of the procedure. All surgery presents risks. Weight, age and medical history determine your specific risks. Ask your doctor if bariatric
surgery is right for you.

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