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This term refers to the process in which a bariatric surgeon injects saline solution into a gastric band such as the LAP-BAND or REALIZE Band. A fill will further tighten the band around the upper portion of a patient’s stomach. Gastric banding patients are expected to visit the clinic on a routine basis to adjust their bands as necessary, either to add or remove fluid to meet their needs.
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