GASTRIC BAND SURGERY
Gastric Banding has become an increasing popular weight loss operation for bariatric surgery over the past several years. The gastric band surgery reduces your stomach’s capacity, restricting the amount of food you’re able to eat at one time. Overall, the successful impact of the band helps to reduce hunger which in return helps patients to decrease the number of calories they consume, helping them to reach a healthy weight and promote healthy eating habits as well.
With a smaller stomach pouch, eating just a small amount of food will satisfy hunger and promote feelings of fullness.
The feeling of fullness depends on the size of the opening between the pouch and the remainder of the stomach. The size of the stomach opening can be adjusted gradually over time by filling the band with sterile saline, injected through a port placed right beneath the skin.
In a gastric band surgery, a band is wrapped around the upper region of the stomach to create a small pouch. A catheter is then attached to a port which is used for fluid to be injected and expand the band gradually as needed over time. (The amount of stretching is different for each patient). The procedure typically takes a little less than an hour.
Q: What is the recovery time for Gastric Band Surgery?
A: If the Gastric Band surgery is performed laparoscopically, patients typically spend one night in hospital and are discharged the follow day. Most patients report they feel comfortable returning to work in about a week or two and can resume light exercise in four to six weeks.
Q: Are there any restrictions after the surgery like driving or lifting?
A: Yes. During the post operative period, your Surgeon will recommend that you do not drive, lift, pull or push for two to three weeks following your surgery.
Q: How often will I need to visit my Surgeon or physician following surgery?
A: While you’re healing, you will be seen on a regular basis, usually once after two weeks, and again six weeks following surgery. Typically, patients return for follow-up visits after three, six, nine, and 12 months for safe measure.
Q: Can the Gastric Band surgery be reversed?
A: Gastric Band surgery can be reversed; however, reversal procedures require more precaution than the original surgery. It’s usually only considered reversing these operations in patients who have had significant long term problems resulting from the surgery.
Q: Who is not a good candidate for Gastric Band surgery?
A: Because everyone’s weight concern is extremely diverse, your Surgeon will take specific criteria into consideration and discuss with you in detail during your consultation. Patients with psychiatric conditions such as depression, bipolar disease, and/or schizophrenia should be under the care of a psychiatrist before they consider surgery.