Weight Loss Surgery Options
* Gastric Restrictive Procedure - Vertical Banded Gastroplasty
Vertical Banded Gastroplasty (VBG) is a
purely restrictive procedure. In this procedure the upper stomach near
the esophagus is stapled vertically for about 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) to create
a smaller stomach pouch. The outlet from the pouch is restricted by a
band or ring that slows the emptying of the food and thus creates the
feeling of fullness.
primary advantage of this restrictive procedure is that a reduced amount
of well-chewed food enters and passes through the digestive tract in
the usual order. That allows the nutrients and vitamins (as well as
the calories) to be fully absorbed into the body.
- After 10 years, studies show that patients
can maintain 50% of targeted excess weight loss..
stapling of the stomach carries with it the risk of staple-line disruption
that can result in leakage and/or serious infection. This may require
prolonged hospitalization with antibiotic treatment and/or additional
- Staple-line disruption may also, in the long-term,
lead to weight gain. For these reasons, some surgeons divide the staple-line
wall of the pouch from the rest of the stomach to reduce the risk of
long-term staple-line disruption.
- The band or ring applied may lead to complications
of obstruction or perforation, requiring surgical intervention.
- Characteristically, these procedures, while
creating a sense of fullness, do not provide the necessary feeling of
satisfaction that one has had "enough" to eat.
- Because restrictive procedures rely solely
on a small stomach pouch to reduce food intake, there is the risk of
the pouch stretching or of the restricting band or ring at the pouch
outlet breaking or migrating, thus allowing patients to eat too much.
- Around 40% of patients undergoing these procedures
have lost less than half their excess body weight.
- As is the case with all weight loss surgeries,
readmission to a hospital may be required for fluid replacement or nutritional
support if there is excessive vomiting and adequate food intake cannot