A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, commonly referred to as a 'a band', lap band or LAGB, is an inflatable silicone device placed around the top portion of the stomach to treat obesity, intended to slow consumption of foods and thus the amount of food consumed.
Gastric bypass procedures (GBP) are any of a group of similar operations that first divides the stomach into a small upper pouch and a much larger lower "remnant" pouch and then re-arranges the small intestine to connect to both. Surgeons have developed several different ways to reconnect the intestine, thus leading to several different GBP names. Any GBP leads to a marked reduction in the functional volume of the stomach, accompanied by an altered physiological and physical response to food.
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