Definition of gastric band in English:

gastric band


  • (in the surgical treatment of obesity) a silicone device placed around the upper section of the stomach, creating a small pouch above the band and thereby restricting the amount of food that can be comfortably eaten.

    ‘she had a gastric band fitted to help her lose weight’
    as modifier ‘a gastric band operation’
    • ‘A woman lost almost 4 st in weight after she was hypnotised into believing she had had a gastric band fitted.’
    • ‘Well, it turns out that her weight loss was due to secret gastric band surgery.’
    • ‘She has revealed that she once asked a doctor to give her a gastric band to help her lose weight.’
    • ‘Individuals with chronic weight problems will be offered operations like gastric band surgery in a bid to halt the obesity epidemic in the town.’
    • ‘He has been nicknamed the "fat doctor" because of the thousands of gastric bypasses and gastric band operations he has performed.’
    • ‘The gastric band, which is adjustable and reversible if medically indicated, is placed laparoscopically and does not alter the normal anatomy.’
    • ‘Fern Britton, presenter of This Morning on ITV, dropped from a size 22 to a size 16 after having gastric band surgery’
    • ‘The ability to place a gastric band laparoscopically decreases the invasiveness of the procedure, resulting in fewer postoperative complications, shorter hospitalization, and quicker recovery time for patients.’
    • ‘And then there are others who, after undergoing gastric band surgery, have simply transferred their addiction to food to other substances, such as alcohol.’
    • ‘In extreme cases people could be offered slimming drugs or operations to help them lose weight such as gastric-band surgery, the BFS said.’
    • ‘Gastric band surgery should be available on the NHS - but only as a last resort’
    • ‘"People reach a certain size and there is no other option but to have surgery and unlike, plastic surgery, a gastric band can give significant health benefits," he said.’
    • ‘The adjustable gastric band is a useful technique to reduce the intake of food by an individual.’
    • ‘He was on a waiting list for a gastric band last year, but a heart condition made the operation unsuitable.’