A Rodent Model of Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery—Implications for the Understanding of Underlying Mechanisms

Obesity Surgery (Impact Factor: 3.75). 05/2009; 19(5):625-631. DOI: 10.1007/s11695-008-9751-0


Bariatric surgery is currently the only anti-obesity therapy that can deliver weight loss of up to 20–30% of body weight. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) and Roux-en-y gastric bypass are the most commonly performed of these surgeries. The mechanisms by which LAGB initiates an increase in satiety remain completely unknown. The aim of this study is to establish a rodent model of adjustable gastric banding (AGB) that will enable investigation of these mechanisms.
Sprague–Dawley rats were implanted with adjustable gastric bands immediately below the gastro-esophageal junction around the glandular stomach. This band, as in humans, can be inflated via an exteriorized port resulting in an incremental impact on the stomach.
Rats with an incremental inflation of the AGB showed a clear stepwise reduction in food intake and body weight. Normal food intake and body weight gain were restored with band deflation. Barium-assisted X-ray of the stomach showed the formation of a small gastric pouch proximal to the inflated band in a manner analogous to the human LAGB.
This is the first animal model of the AGB that allows incremental inflation for optimal tightening of the band in the conscious animal with corresponding effects on food intake and body weight. This model will allow measurement of acute and chronic neural and hormonal changes following activation of the band in the conscious animal and will provide the potential to inform and improve surgical approaches that are at the forefront of obesity treatments.

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    • "AGB surgery was performed in anesthetized rats (isoflurane) as previously described by Kampe et al. (16) and depicted in Fig. 1. Briefly, rats received laparotomy followed by isolation of the stomach and removal of the forestomach (fundectomy) using an ETS-FLEX 35-mm staple gun (Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Somerville, NJ). "
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