The REALIZE® Band is an adjustable gastric band designed to help you lose weight. Originally created in Sweden, the REALIZE Band has had over 100,000 satisfied patients worldwide and has quickly grown in popularity in the U.S. as a comfortable and effective method of weight loss.
The REALIZE Band is a donut-shaped balloon made of strong, flexible silicone. The band is wrapped around the upper part of your stomach, creating two parts: a small upper pouch of about four ounces, and the lower stomach. A narrow passage leads from the new pouch to the rest of the stomach. This slows down the emptying of food from the pouch and causes an early feeling of fullness.
Tightening and loosening the REALIZE Band narrows and widens the passageway to the lower stomach and affects how much food you are able to eat during a meal. Your surgeon controls the REALIZE Band by injecting a saline (salt water) solution into the band through a special port under the skin of your abdomen.
Adjustable gastric banding with the REALIZE Band is usually performed laparoscopically, meaning that your surgeon makes several small incisions as opposed to one large one. This involves less tissue trauma than open surgery, resulting in shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, smaller scars, and less pain. The entire procedure typically takes about one hour.
Patients usually need a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40 to qualify for REALIZE Band surgery. This translates to about 100 pounds overweight for men and 80 for women. You must also be at least 18 years old.
If you do not meet these requirements, you may still be eligible for the REALIZE Band procedure if you suffer from obesity-related illnesses.
Weight loss surgery is not a quick fix, nor is it a decision to enter into lightly. Once you are well-informed about the procedure and have made your decision, a series of preoperative evaluations will be taken to ensure that you are both physically and mentally capable of undergoing the operation.
To prepare, it is also helpful to begin practicing your new lifestyle changes.
Studies have shown that patients lose an average of 40 percent of excess body fat in the first year after REALIZE Band surgery. The REALIZE Band can also improve many obesity-related health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and acid reflux.
Compared with other weight loss surgeries, REALIZE Band surgery has many advantages, including:
It is important to know all the facts about gastric banding before deciding to undergo the REALIZE Band operation. Risks and complications can include:
To learn more about our REALIZE Band procedure and to find out if it is right for you, please call 301-975-9546 today to schedule a consultation.