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Definition of Gastric stapling

Gastric stapling: A surgical procedure that converts the upper part of the stomach into a very small pouch by stapling portions of the stomach together, forcing an obese person to eat only tiny portions yet still feel full. It is normally done only in severe cases, and in combination with diet and exercise. A similar operation is called gastric banding.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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