Gastric band surgery, also known as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), is a surgical procedure performed to aid weight loss in individuals struggling with obesity. It involves placing an adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach to create a smaller pouch, limiting the amount of food the stomach can hold.
Who is eligible for this surgery?
- Gastric banding surgery is typically considered for individuals with a BMI of 40 or higher. In some cases, individuals with a BMI of 35-40 may also be eligible for the procedure if they have obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea.
- Candidates for gastric banding surgery usually have a history of failed attempts at losing weight through non-surgical methods such as diet and exercise. The surgery is typically recommended when conservative weight loss measures have been ineffective in achieving significant and sustainable weight loss.
- Candidates for gastric banding surgery are expected to demonstrate a commitment to long-term lifestyle changes, including adopting a healthy diet, engaging in regular physical activity, and making behavior modifications to support weight loss and maintenance.
- The age and overall health of the individual are important factors. Generally, candidates should be between the ages of 18 and 65 and in good overall health. However, age limits and health criteria may vary based on individual circumstances and the recommendations of healthcare providers.
What to expect from this surgery?
- The surgery is performed laparoscopically, which involves making several small incisions in the abdomen and using a laparoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a camera) and specialized instruments to place the gastric band. The band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach, creating a small pouch with a narrow passage to the rest of the stomach.
- One of the advantages of gastric band surgery is that the band can be adjusted over time. The surgeon can tighten or loosen the band by inflating or deflating it with saline solution, which is injected through a port placed under the skin. This adjustability allows for individualised weight loss and helps manage any issues or complications that may arise.
What to expect after the surgery?
- The gastric band creates a smaller stomach pouch above the band, restricting the amount of food that can be consumed. This leads to a feeling of fullness with smaller portions, which can help patients control their food intake and promote weight loss.
- Weight loss following gastric band surgery is typically gradual. Patients can expect to lose about 1-2 pounds per week on average. The rate of weight loss may vary among individuals and can be influenced by factors such as adherence to dietary guidelines and lifestyle changes.
Regular follow-up visits with the surgeon are important after gastric band surgery. These visits allow for adjustments to be made to the band, monitoring of weight loss progress, and addressing any concerns or issues that may arise.
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