Vertical Banded Gastroplasty

Restrictive gastric operations, such as vertical banded gastroplasty (VGB) restrict and decrease food intake.

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In this procedure the upper stomach near the esophagus is stapled vertically to create a small pouch along the inner curve of the stomach. The outlet from the pouch to the rest of the stomach is restricted by a band made of special material. The band delays the emptying of food from the pouch, causing a feeling of fullness.

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