The surgical placement of a soft band around the uppermost part of the stomach. This is performed using laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, which involves several small holes in the abdomen, rather than a single large incision. Gastric banding was the most commonly performed weight loss surgery in Australia for a decade, but has been gradually replaced by Sleeve Gastrectomy.
Gastric Bands taught us that restrictive procedures lead to weight loss primarily through appetite suppression.
Dr Crawford no longer performs gastric banding because the long-term results of this prosthesis are disappointing with respect to slippage, erosion and re-operation.