I’ve had several women write and ask my thoughts on the gastric band (which has been brought to my attention is different to the gastric sleeve). For those unfamiliar with the surgical procedure, it involves a silicone device that is positioned around the top portion of the stomach in order to treat obesity. By restricting the digestive ability and flow of food through the stomach, the idea, in theory is to slow down food consumption to assist in weight loss. Sounds full on huh? The gastric sleeve, I’ve been made aware, is a procedure that involves removal of a large portion of the stomach which permanently reduces its size. I’m relatively new to the later, but here are my thoughts around the concept.