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Dr. David Kim Kim Bariatric Institute

Fluoroscopy Machine for Band Fills

One of the many benefits of bariatric surgery with adjustable gastric banding, such as the LAP-BAND® System and REALIZE® Band procedures, is that the bands that restrict your food intake can be modified and adjusted to your needs. If you find you would like the stomach chamber created by the band to accept more or less food, the gastric band can be adjusted after the original surgery to accommodate those goals. Band fills are designed to tighten the band for more restriction of food intake. Here at DFW Bariatric Institute, our bariatric surgeons utilize a fluoroscopy technique to fill the adjustable gastric band, which can provide greater precision and accuracy during the band fill procedure and can reduce the risk of overfilling and requiring another band fill to correct the problem.

Benefits of Fluoroscopic Band Adjustments

The restriction of your food intake with a gastric band is dependent on how much saline is used to actually fill the band. The precise measurement of band fills can have a direct effect on how much weight you lose after bariatric procedures such as LAP-BAND® System and REALIZE® Band surgery. The fluoroscopy band adjustment technique utilizes a live x-ray to fill the band. You and your surgeon can view the band on the inside of the body as he fills it with saline, helping your surgeon to obtain the most precise band fill possible. This also allows them to ensure that there is no slippage of the band and that it is in the proper position.

The entire band fill procedure typically takes less than an hour to complete and is virtually painless. With fluoroscopic band fills, your skilled surgeon can make sure you are losing weight according to your body’s needs and your individual goals. Too much saline in the gastric band can cause discomfort or excessive reflux, and when the band does not have enough saline solution it can allow for overeating. This is why it’s vital to ensure that the band is properly filled to allow for the best weight loss results – and fluoroscopic band fills can help to achieve that.

Please contact our practice for more information on fluoroscopy and fluoroscopic gastric band fills and adjustments.

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