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The gastric band (sometimes referred to as a lap band or A band), is an inflatable silicone device placed around the top portion of the stomach in the treatment of obesity, intended to decrease food consumption. They typically provide less weight loss than a sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass and can require additional maintenance surgeries.

In this video, a viewer tells Dr. Matthew Weiner about her complications with weight loss after the gastric band and wonders if changing to a sleeve gastrectomy will help.

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