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Gastric measures

...estimates that about 45,000 surgeries are done each year. There are several types of bariatric surgeries. One is gastric banding, in which a band is placed around the top of the stomach, creating a small pouch and a narrow passage into the rest...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/02/20/ent_307878.shtml
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The morbidly obese

...try all conservative measures first," said Dr. Martindale, who specializes in gastroplasty, gastric bypass and gastric banding operations. Typically, his patients have lost hope in traditional weight-loss methods and undertake surgery as...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/02/13/ent_306453.shtml
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