If you are considering gastric band surgery, you are not alone. Many people struggle with their weight and feel like they have tried everything without success. Gastric band surgery can be a life-changing procedure, helping you to finally achieve your weight loss goals.
We offer gastric band procedures to help patients reach their desired weight. The gastric band is placed around the stomach, creating a small pouch that limits food intake. This can help you to feel full faster and eat less overall.
How is a gastric band fitted?
The gastric band is a soft, inflatable ring that is placed around the stomach. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes about an hour. During the procedure, your surgeon will make small incisions in your abdomen and insert the gastric band through these openings. The gastric band is then connected to an access port that lies just beneath the skin.
Gastric band surgery is usually recommended for people who are obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above. You may also be a candidate for gastric band surgery if you have a BMI between 25 and 30 and are experiencing obesity-related health problems, such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes.
Things to consider
If you are considering gastric band surgery, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, gastric band surgery is a major operation. As with any surgery, there are risks involved, such as infection and bleeding. Second, gastric band surgery is not a quick fix. It is a tool that can help you lose weight, but it will require hard work and dedication on your part. You will need to make lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy foods and exercising regularly.
Pros and cons of gastric band surgery
Like any surgery, gastric band surgery has both risks and benefits. Some of the potential advantages of gastric band surgery include:
- Weight loss
- Reduced hunger
- Increased energy
- Improved self-esteem
- Improved mobility
- Resolution of obesity-related health problems, such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure
On the other hand, gastric band surgery also has some disadvantages, such as:
- Risks associated with any surgery, such as infection and bleeding
- The need for regular follow-up appointments
- The possibility of complications, such as gastric band slippage or erosion
- Difficulty eating certain foods, such as chewy or fibrous foods
Are there any age limits?
Gastric band surgery is usually only recommended for adults. If you are considering gastric band surgery for your child or teenager, you should speak to a pediatric surgeon.
How long does it take?
The gastric band surgery takes about an hour to perform.
Is it a painful?
Most people report only mild discomfort after gastric band surgery. You will likely be given pain medication to help you manage any discomfort you may experience.
Length of hospital stay
You will usually stay in the hospital for one or two nights after gastric band surgery.
After gastric band surgery, you will need to stay close to home for the first week or so. During this time, you should avoid lifting anything heavy or participating in strenuous activity. You will likely feel tired and will need to rest often. After a week or two, you can gradually resume your normal activities.
Results you should expect
Gastric band surgery can help you to lose a significant amount of weight. Most people lose about 50% of their excess body weight within two years of surgery.
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If you are considering gastric band surgery, we can help. We offer gastric band procedures at our state-of-the-art facility. Our team of skilled surgeons has extensive experience performing gastric band surgery and can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Book a consultation today.
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