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Gastric Banding

Gastric banding can be an effective weight loss procedure to benefit patients with a BMI of 30 or greater.*

Gastric banding is a surgical weight loss procedure in which the amount a person can eat is restricted by the size of the stomach. In the procedure, the surgeon will place a band around the upper portion of the stomach, which can be tightened to loosened, to create a small section of the stomach so the patient will feel fuller faster. Unlike the gastric sleeve, the gastric band doesn’t remove any part of the stomach, instead regulating the speed of digesting food using an adjustable band. Dr. Doucette and Dr. Foreman perform gastric banding surgeries including the LAP-BAND®.

Benefits of Gastric Banding

Steady Weight Loss

Weight loss through gastric banding surgery is a gradual and consistent process.*

No Stapling

Gastric band surgery only restricts the stomach and does not involve rerouting or stapling your intestines.

Quicker Recovery Time

The gastric banding system is performed laparoscopically which typically results in: less scarring, narcotics and shorter hospital stays.*


Through an outpatient procedure, the band can be adjusted to increase or decrease the size of the opening into the stomach.

Better Overall Health

Patients may experience improvement in conditions associated with obesity such as sleep apnea, high blood pressure, hypertension, joint pain and high cholesterol.*

What Happens During Surgery?

The surgery occurs while the patient is fully anesthetized, and is performed through a minimally invasive laparoscopic technique using only small incisions. Dr. Doucette and Dr. Foreman perform the procedure using a tiny video camera and specialized instruments inserted through the small incisions.

During the gastric banding procedure, the LAP-BAND® is placed around the top of the stomach, creating a small pouch above the band. The band has a small balloon attached to it which is filled with saline by the surgeon to achieve the appropriate amount of restriction. The band can be resized by the surgeon by adding or removing the saline.

Afterwards, when patients eat, the food fills the top stomach pouch created by the band, giving the feeling of fullness with less food. The food will slowly filter through the restricted opening into the rest of the stomach where it will continue to be digested normally.

Post Surgical Care

Most patients go back to work within one week and resume light exercise within two weeks after surgery.

After surgery, the stomach will need to adjust to the band. Patients will be placed on a special diet to reintroduce solid food over the first six weeks. In order to reduce the risk of the band slipping, patients need to strictly adhere to the meal plan schedule. This allows both the stomach and patient to adjust to the small capacity of the pouch. Supplements are also required to make sure patients get all the nutrients they need.

Am I a Candidate for Gastric Banding?

If you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or above, you may be a candidate for Gastric Banding or another weight loss procedure.

Planning Your Gastric Banding Procedure

Covered by Insurance: Yes
Financing Available: Yes
Self Pay Cost: $8,995
Minimally Invasive: Yes
Non-Surgical: No
Avg. Procedure Time: Less than 1 hour
Typical Hospital Stay: Out-Patient
Typical Recovery Time: 5 to 7 days
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Schedule a Consultation

If you would like discuss your candidacy for gastric banding with Dr. Doucette and Dr. Foreman, you can schedule a consultation by calling (256) 880-1977 or contacting us here. Our staff is ready to help you with any questions you may have at any point in your journey.

*results may vary


1 Journal of Obesity Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 128451, 6 pages