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Gastric Banding

Gastric banding is a weight loss procedure where your surgeon places a band around the upper part of your stomach to create a small pouch to hold food. This limits the amount of food you can eat in one sitting and helps you feel fuller more quickly.

What to Expect

During surgery, your surgeon places an inflatable band around the top part of your stomach, creating a small pouch. The band is adjustable, so its size can be changed to control your appetite. This procedure is fully reversible.

Typically, hospital stays after surgery are between one and three days. After you leave the hospital, you should be able to take care of your personal needs but will require help with other tasks, such as driving or lifting.

Generally, you can expect to take two to four weeks off work or school after surgery. During that time, your focus will be on establishing healthy eating and drinking habits. You should be back to regular activities within three to five weeks.

Who is a Candidate?

To be eligible for gastric banding, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a history of trying other diet methods unsuccessfully, including medically supervised dieting
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more (100 pounds or more overweight), or have a BMI of 35 with two or more weight-related conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure

Why Choose UHealth?

Award-winning, experienced care. Our bariatric team is comprised of experienced professionals who are experts in the field of weight loss and weight loss surgery. In fact, we are the only facility in Miami-Dade County to have received the Healthgrades® Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award and the Excellence Award. We understand the unique challenges of people working hard to lose weight and get healthier. Therefore, we use a “whole person” approach to weight loss — working to address your emotional, behavioral, and psychological needs.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.