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Gastric Band Issues

Kristi Fregia Rucks, PT

May 24, 2012

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Is it true that the gastric band stretches out over time?

Answer

There are many myths out there in regards to weight loss surgery and the band stretching out.  Most of the myths include the Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass stretching out.  I have not heard anyone speak of the idea of a band stretching out, but what can happen is that the band can slip allowing more food to enter into the stomach...

...in regards to Roux-En-Y bypass stretching out, years ago, it used to stretch out because doctors used to use a more extensible area of the stomach.  These days, doctors use an area of the stomach that is less extensible and does not stretch very much. 


kristi fregia rucks

Kristi Fregia Rucks, PT

Kristi Fregia Rucks is a physical therapist with 10 years of experience working with bariatric patients.  Kristi is a proud member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.  She implemented and supervises the bariatric program including physical therapy services at a bariatric surgery center of excellence hospital.
 


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