Gastric Band Procedure
What does the operation involve?
The operation is carried out laparoscopically, which is also known as keyhole surgery. This means that the surgeon makes five to six small incisions (cuts) in the abdomen (belly) to get to the stomach. The surgeon may decide to convert to an open procedure (the conventional way of carrying out this operation through a longer incision) if they think it would be safer.
The operation typically takes approximately one hour. In some circumstances the operation can take longer e.g. depending on body-build or previous surgery.