Adjustable gastric band

Adjustable gastric band

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Credit: JEAN-CLAUDE REVY, ISM/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Adjustable gastric band used in the treatment of obesity. The ring at centre is placed around the top portion of the stomach, creating a small pouch that holds approximately 50 millilitres. When the patient eats, the pouch fills up quickly and a full message is sent to the brain, therefore helping the patient to eat smaller portions. The band also slows the release of food to the rest of the stomach and intestines, increasing the period of time the patient feels full for. The band can be adjusted by pumping saline into the balloons around the ring via the access port (at left) to allow for optimal weight loss. Although a surgical procedure, this treatment carries fewer risks than other treatments, such as gastric stapling.

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Keywords: access port, adjustable, device, equipment, gastric band, healthcare, inflatable, medical, medicine, obesity, overweight, prosthetic, restrictive, silicone, still life, still-life, surgery, surgical, treatment, weight loss

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