Gastric Banding Surgery for Teens: Is it safe?
Gastric banding is a form of weight-loss (bariatric) surgery. It’s used to treat people with severe obesity who haven’t been able to lose weight through diet and exercise alone. It’s most often done in adults. But in some cases, it may be an option for a teen.

How a gastric band works

A gastric band is a soft, rubbery circle made of silicone. The band is attached to a thin, flexible tube (catheter). The tube is connected to a small, round port. During surgery, the band is put around the stomach, near the top. The port is put under the skin below the rib cage. Saline solution is injected with a needle and syringe into the port and goes through the tube to fill the band. The fluid makes the band expand and squeeze tighter. A doctor can control the size of the band by adding or removing saline through the port....

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