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Adjusting Your Gastric Band

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Tailoring the Gastric Band to Your Weight Loss Goals

The gastric banding procedure is the only adjustable weight-loss surgery available in the United States, making it customizable for each individual.

Approximately four to six weeks after your surgery, you may undergo your first band adjustment. The adjustments are done without surgery and take about 10 minutes. As you lose weight, additional adjustments may be performed as needed.

Schedule an Adjustment

To schedule an adjustment, please call 858-657-8857. You will need to keep a three-day food and exercise log prior to your adjustment.

How Adjustments Are Made

When the band is initially placed around the stomach, it is attached to tubing which connects to an access port fixed beneath the skin of the abdomen. The port cannot be seen and can only be felt when pushing on the abdomen. Through the port and the tubing, the inner surface of the band can be inflated or deflated by a medical professional using saline solution injected directly into the port.

The adjustment process allows individual needs to be addressed. For example, a pregnant woman can have her band adjusted to accommodate a growing fetus, while patients who are not experiencing significant weight loss can have their bands tightened.

If the band is too loose, adding more saline can reduce the size of the opening to the lower region of the stomach. If the band is too tight, removing some saline will loosen the band and reduce the amount of restriction.

If you have any questions about your adjustment, please feel free to contact us.

Gastric Band Adjustments At UC San Diego Health System