Gastric Banding

If You’re Sick of Struggling to Lose Weight With No Success, Now is the Time for Your Frustration to End!

You don’t have to sacrifice the foods you love to lose weight ever again. It’s about moderation, not restriction!

It is said that the meaning of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting to see a different result.

Clearly, it’s time to place behind you the methods to weight loss which have failed to work for you even with repeated attempts.

The bottom line is, breaking the cycle of weight loss resistance requires something new.

In case you’ve forgotten about the risks involved by being overweight, here’s a quick summary.

Eating too much can lead to:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure

Complications of obesity illustration

There might even be a link between certain cancers and being overweight.

You’re aware of the reasons why you must eventually do something about your weight.

It’s not merely a matter of feeling and looking great and having self-confidence, but it’s in living a longer life!

Now is the time to make that commitment to yourself before irreversible damage takes place.

What is Gastric Banding?

Gastric banding is a surgical process to reduce the quantity of food you can eat at once. An adjustable band placed around your stomach creates a small pouch. The pouch created is small and can only contain small amounts of food which will make you feel full faster.

Eating a lesser amount of food allows your body to stop storing extra calories and use fat reserves for energy resulting in a gradual loss of weight.

Gastric banding offers a solution to eliminate hunger and overeating. This may appear to be a simple solution but this surgery demands major, life-long adjustments in your eating habits, and your attitude about food and exercise.

Day after day you will need to make the right food and exercise decisions. If you fail to choose well, this surgery might no help control obesity.

Risks of Surgery

Gastric band surgery is linked to a relatively low rate of both serious complications and mortality. And similar to other forms of bariatric surgery, it frequently leads to a considerable improvement in obesity health problems.

Just like any other surgical procedure, gastric banding does carry some risks.

Possible complications include:

  • Infections
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Narrowing of the pouch
  • Hernia and ulcers
  • The gastric band may slip partly out of place
  • Poor nutrition
  • Vomiting from eating more than your stomach pouch can hold
  • Injury to nearby organs during surgery

The Procedure

You will be on general anesthesia during the surgery and you will be asleep and unable to feel pain.

The surgery will be done using a minimally invasive technique called laparoscopy.

To begin, your surgeon will create 2-5 small incisions in your abdomen. Through these incisions, your surgeon can insert a tiny camera (laparoscope) and other instruments necessary to perform the surgery.

Your surgeon will then place the band around the upper section of the stomach to divide it into two compartments. This creates a small pouch that has a small opening that drains into the larger, lower part of your stomach. See illustration below.

The surgery will not require any cutting or stapling inside your belly.

The surgery will take approximately 1 hour to finish.

Gastric Banding Illustration

After the Procedure

You will likely go home the day of the procedure. Most patients are capable of starting their usual activities in less than a week after going home.

You will feed on liquids or mashed-up for 2-3 weeks after the procedure. Gradually, you will add soft foods, then regular foods to your diet. By six weeks after the procedure, you can expect to be ready to eat regular foods.

The gastric band is made from a special rubber with the inside part having an inflatable balloon. This enables the band to be adjusted. You and your doctor can choose to loosen or tighten it sometime so you can eat more or less food.

The band is linked to an access port that is placed just under your skin on your belly. The band can be tightened by inserting a needle into the port and injecting the balloon with water. See figure above.

The balloon can be tightened or loosened in case you are:

  • Having difficulty eating
  • Not shedding the necessary weight
  • Vomiting after eating

Recovery

A commitment to a way of life that involves healthful eating and regular exercise will help avoid weight loss resistance. You should have even made this commitment before the surgery.

Outlook

The typical weight loss after the procedure is around one-third to one-half of the excess weight you are carrying. This is often good enough for several patients. Discuss with your physician about the best bariatric procedure for your situation.

The excess weight will normally come off more slowly compared to gastric bypass surgery. You will keep shedding pounds for up to three years.

Shedding a sufficient amount of weight after the procedure can improve several medical conditions you may have, like:

  • Asthma
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Sleep apnea
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

The procedure in itself is not the ultimate solution to lose weight. It can teach you to eat less, but you still need to do most of the work.

To shed weight and prevent complications from the surgery, you simply must comply with the exercise and eating guidelines that your doctor and dietitian gave you.

Take the first step and contact us through our no-cost virtual consultation. During this process, we will recommend options that will work best for you. Every client is different, so our virtual consultants and surgeons tailor the procedure to match each person’s needs.

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