Adjustable Gastric Banding System
Tue, 11/13/2007 - 5:59am
The REALIZE Adjustable Gastric Band is a surgical implant for weight reduction and improvement in obesity-related health conditions in individuals suffering from morbid obesity. In a gastric band procedure with the REALIZE Band, a soft, adjustable silicone band is wrapped around the stomach to create two chambersa small upper stomach with a narrow opening to the lower stomach. After the procedure, the upper stomach can only hold about four ounces of food, which limits food intake, makes patients feel full faster and longer and slows digestion. Once the band is in place, surgeons attach the REALIZE Injection Port to the abdominal wall underneath the skin. The Injection Port allows doctors to inject or remove saline to tighten or loosen the band. The tighter the band, the more quickly the upper stomach fills up and the less food a person can eat. Adjustments can be made periodically based on the patient’s individual needs.