Adjustable Gastric Band
In this procedure the surgeon fits a saline filled band around the upper part of the stomach. The band is adjusted by either adding or withdrawing saline from the band to tighten or loosen it. This is done with a hypodermic needed through a portal, usually located on the left side of the abdominal wall.
Adjustable Gastric Banding does not involve and cutting or stapling of the stomach.
This process is considered permanent, however it can be reversed if necessary. This usually results in rapid weight gain.