How Gastric Band Surgery Helps You Lose Weight?
Gastric band surgery is the safest and least invasive bariatric procedure, but it does require additional follow up appointments so the band can be adjusted. If you are considering a gastric band, make sure that you understand what the procedure involves and how it will help.
A gastric band is an inflatable tube that can be fitted around your stomach. The band creates a pouch from the part of your stomach above it, in which the food will collect as you eat. The food will slowly squeeze down through the band to the lower part of your stomach, but you will feel full once the small upper portion of your stomach is full, so you should eat less.
Gastric band surgery is normally performed laparoscopically, through four or five keyhole incisions. The procedure usually takes less than an hour, but it does require a general anaesthetic. During the operation, the gastric band will be secured around your stomach and an injection port will be inserted under the skin of your abdomen. The port and band are connected by a tube so that saline can be injected to inflate the gastric band. You should be able to go home the same or next day, and you should be fully recovered within a week or two.
You will need to return to the clinic for your first adjustment four to six weeks after the surgery, and then for further adjustments as necessary. Saline will be added or removed through the injection port to tighten or loosen the gastric band. This changes the degree of restriction as your needs change.
Pros and Cons
The gastric band assists weight loss by restricting the amount of food you can eat. One of the key advantages of this procedure is that you can adjust the amount of restriction. You can increase the restriction if your weight loss has slowed or reduce it if you are feeling uncomfortable. However, while this flexibility can be helpful, it does require additional follow-up visits.
Gastric band surgery can be very successful, with most patients who follow their diet plan losing about 50% of their excess weight. This is less than with other bariatric surgeries, but there are some advantages to choosing a gastric band over the alternatives. Gastric band surgery is the least invasive option, so there is a lower risk of complications and a shorter recovery time. However, there are always risks when you have surgery, and there is a chance that the band could fail or slip out of place, which would require another operation to fix. The procedure is reversible, but most people will keep the band in place permanently to prevent excess weight from returning.
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