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
- High blood pressure
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.
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.
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