What Is an Adjustable Gastric Band?
Adjustable gastric banding is considered the least invasive weight-loss surgery. This procedure involves placing a small inflatable silicone band around the top of the stomach, creating two compartments, with the smaller one at the top, reducing significantly the amount of food your stomach can hold.
The Gastric Band procedure is also part of our Weight Loss & Bariatric Programme, that includes an optional 6 month support package post surgery, to ensure you have the best opportunity to reach your weight loss goals.
Why Is the Surgery Done?
The gastric band will help you losing weight by restricting the amount of food you can eat. Usually, this procedure provides a temporary opportunity to lose weight, while you also implement healthy eating habits and exercise.
Who Is the Surgery Recommended For?
The gastric band procedure is mostly recommended for you if you have morbid obesity or want a temporary weight loss option to combine with lifestyle habit changes. In any case, your doctor might decide if the procedure is beneficial for you or not. The following conditions are required to qualify for the procedure:
- BMI between 30 and 40.
- Obesity-associated serious health problems.
- No history of gastrointestinal diseases, drug or alcohol abuse.
- Commit to healthy lifestyle changes.
Benefits and Potential Results
Gastric banding can be a very effective way to lose weight, depending on how much you change your lifestyle habits. By using this method, the average weight loss is around 30 to 60% of your excess weight over a six months period.
The following health conditions can also be improved as a result:
- Heart diseases.
- Sleep apnea.
- Osteoarticular diseases.
Adjustable gastric banding is a safe procedure with a minimal rate of complication. Some of the complications include infection of the band or port and vomiting. The most serious complication associated is the erosion of the band, but this is extremely rare.
In order to be selected as a valid candidate for the procedure, your doctor might require some lab tests. The night before the procedure, you are not allowed to consume any food or liquid after midnight.
Adjustable gastric banding is a minimally-invasive procedure done by a Bariatric doctor. The procedure involves the following steps:
- A small, inflatable band is placed around the upper part of the stomach through a tiny incision in your abdomen.
- The band is connected through a small tube placed under the skin.
- The band is filled with saline, that can be removed or added as needed through the small tube.
During the procedure, you will be sleeping under general anesthesia and monitored closely for any complication. The whole procedure will take about one hour.
Immediately after the procedure, you won’t be allowed to eat or drink for about 8 hours. After that, your diet will be gradually changing over liquid to solid and the amount of food will be changing as well. Most people go home within the same day and it takes about 1 week to fully recover at home and return to work.
Finally, you will need some follow-up in order to adjust the band after surgery and ensure optimal weight loss.