Gastric Band surgery in Thane


The surgeon uses laparoscopy (which involves small incisions on the belly) to place an adjustable lap band around the upper part of the stomach. The lap band which is made of silicone, squeezes the stomach to the size of an hourglass, appearing pouch with about an inch-wide outlet.

A subcutaneous port is placed under the skin, which runs from the silicone band. Injection or removal of saline (sterile salt water) can be done through the skin, flowing into or out of the lap band. The lap band is made tighter by injecting saline. This helps in inducing a feeling of satiety and thereby decreasing food intake. Thus, the band can be tightened or loosened as needed to lower the side-effects and improve weight loss



Dr. Aparna Govil Thane

Dr. Aparna Govil

Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker is one of the most experienced surgeons in the field of bariatric and metabolic surgery in India. With more than 14 years of experience she has the expertise to cater to this high risk population of patients suffering from clinically severe obesity both during and after bariatric surgery. She is one of the first surgeons in...

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How is a Gastric Band Fitted?

Gastric banding involves the laparoscopic placement of a silicone band around the upper portion of the stomach. This band divides the stomach into two sections, a small upper pouch above the band and a larger pouch below the band. The band can help you achieve long-lasting weight loss, by limiting your food intake and reducing your appetite.

Band Adjustment

Adjusting the size of the opening between the two pouches of the stomach controls how much food passes from the upper to the lower section of the stomach. The stoma between the two parts of the stomach can easily be decreased or increased, by injecting or removing saline from the band. The band is connected by a subcutaneous port, placed under the skin.


Ideal Candidate for this Procedure

  • You have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more
  • Your BMI is between 35 and 39.9 and you are suffering from morbid obesity

Morbid obesity-related health problems include

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Sleep apnea

Benefits of Gastric Band

  • It is the least invasive surgical option: 
    Gastric band is the least invasive surgical recourse for weight loss.
  • No intestinal re-routing:
    Intestinal re-routing isn’t conducted while using a gastric band.
  • No cutting or stapling of stomach:
    There are no cuts made in the stomach or bowels during the surgery.
  • Small incisions & minimal scarring:
    These incisions are small & minimal scarring is involved.
  • Shorter recovery time and hospital stay:
    It’s a 30-45 minute procedure, with minimal scarring. Most patients are back to work within a week.
  • Adjustable and personalized :
    The lap band is adjustable according to the individual’s need & weight loss rate.
  • Safer option than gastric bypass:
    The side effects and risks associated with gastric banding are minimal as compared to gastric bypass.
  • Reversible:
    The lap band is removable and the stomach can return to it’s normal size, as the anatomy of the stomach is untouched.

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Potential Risks and Complications

  • Band complications
    The band may slip or get eroded.
  • Infection
    It may require re-operation & prolonged hospital stay.
  • Subcutaneous Port Problems
    There have been port problems in about 4% of the case. Two kinds of problems are faced. The first is dislocation of the port, It may move around, turn up-side-down, thus it is necessary to adjust it. The second problem is perforation of the connecting tube close to the port. Some patients have extra fat over the chest and it is, therefore, difficult to hit the ’ bullseye’ with the needle and the tube can be accidentally perforated. This leads to fluid loss, widening of the opening and subsequent weight gain.

Potential Risks and Complications of Gastric Band Surgery

As with any other surgical procedure, even in the Gastric Band surgery, there is an element of risk involved. Though all the measures would be taken to prevent any complications, that may occur, there is a possibility of experiencing certain side effects at some point.

The possible problems and risks involved with this surgery, have been outlined below:

  • Nausea and Vomiting

This is the most commonly reported side effect, that the patients experience. This can be easily alleviated by adjusting the tightness of the band.

  • Band Slippage

The possible reason behind this could be vomiting due to eating a large volume of food which might cause the band to slip out of its correct place. Band slippage is very rare and can be easily avoided by taking careful post-operative aftercare.

  • Band Erosion

According to research, this complication is experienced by less than 0.5% of the patients. It generally occurs when the band erodes the outer wall of the stomach. This can be treated by removal of the band or by converting to Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, or Duodenal Switch.

These being the major complications, other side effects involved are Food Trapping, Port Problems, Infection and Abdominal Pain. This surgery does not cause malabsorption of nutrients, preventing patients from suffering vitamin deficiencies

Currae Weight Loss Consultation

At Currae hospital we offer an unsurpassed service to each of our patients. We here understand that every patient is unique and they are probably going to have distinctive necessities and requirements.

When you book an appointment with one of our bariatric doctors, we make sure that the consultation being offered helps you in making an informed decision. Before suggesting to undergo any treatment, we find it important to consider the following:

  • If you are a suitable candidate for the surgery
  • Which surgical procedure will suit your medical condition
  • What your medical history has been and does it allow us to go ahead with the required procedure
  • You are aware of the potential risks involved

We completely understand how overwhelming this can be and our consultation service will help you with all the answers you require before going through the procedure.


  • Is it safe to have Gastric Band Surgery?
    Although the Gastric Band Surgery involves minimal complications, pain, and scarring, considering your medical history, this suggestion is best made by your consulting doctor. It has been observed that this surgery involves a quick recovery.
  • Can I develop any allergies due to the Gastric Band Surgery?Research shows that there has been no such reported case till date.
  • Will this surgery cause me any discomfort?
    Generally, the lap band is only felt while eating, though during the recovery period you might feel the access port. Once the healing process completes, there is a very little chance of feeling any sort of discomfort unless you go through the band adjustment process.
  • Will I feel hungry or deprived of the Lap Band?
    You may observe a change in your hunger cycle which can lead to a difference in the volume of the meal being taken. Even a small meal may keep you satiated for a long time. For the initial three to four days post-surgery you will be required to follow a strict clear liquid diet. After you get into the recovery process, it is recommended to have small quantities of food.
  • What about pregnancy?
    Though there are no reports of complications in pregnancy due to this surgery, it recommended consulting the specialist in case you are planning a pregnancy. The band does not require to be removed in case you get pregnant.


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Gastric Bypass

The operation is carried out to reduce the size of your stomach. General will be given to the patient before this surgery. It is a pain-free process and you will be asleep during the surgery.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Gastric Sleeve Structure

Sleeve Gastrectomy is an irreversible weight loss procedure in which the stomach is divided into two partitions, creating a new stomach out of the smaller left part with laparoscopic.


Metabolic Surgery

The term Metabolic Surgery is used to describe weight loss treatments and procedures to treat metabolic diseases, especially, type 2 diabetes.Gastric Bypass and Biliopancreatic diversion.


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