Gastric Band Surgery
When considering surgery to help lose excessive weight, there are many options available to you. You surgeon will discuss all procedures in depth and will help you determine the most suitable weight loss surgery.
A Gastric Band is one of many procedures we offer here at Park Hill Hospital for the treatment of weight loss.
What is a Gastric Band?
If you are considered ‘morbidly obese’ or you weight is having an effect on your health (e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.) then you may be eligible to have a gastric band fitted.
A gastric band is the procedure of reducing the quantity of food you are able to consume by creating a small pouch from the upper part of your stomach.
An inflatable silicone band is placed around the top part of the stomach, this both reduces what you are able to eat and will also leave you feeling fuller for longer therefore leading to significant weight loss.
What does the procedure involve?
During the procedure, your surgeon will create two compartments in your stomach pouch by inserting an adjustable band around it. Only a small/narrow opening is left between the upper and lower part of the stomach meaning food will pass through very slowly.
This is done using keyhole surgery and takes roughly an hour. Small incisions will be made in your abdomen to gain access using a laparoscope (a light and camera on a thin, long telescope).
The band is connected to the injection port with a piece of fine latex tubing, which will allow the size of the band to be adjusted by either adding or removing fluid, therefore increasing or decreasing the size of the opening to your stomach. This is all dependant on how much weight you lose, etc.
What are the advantages of a Gastric Band?
- Most procedures are performed using keyhole surgery – less invasive and faster recovery time
- The size of the band is easy and simple to adjust using a saline solution
- A gastric band is reversible – the band can be removed
- Can reduce weight related health problems such as high blood pressure and arthritis
What are the negatives of a Gastric Band?
- The rate at which you lose weight is more gradual compared to other weight loss surgeries and less dramatic
- There is a chance you can regain weight overtime
- Adjustments to the band will need to be made – therefore requiring you to attend several outpatients clinics
- Infections may occur due to having a minimally invasive surgery
- Infections possible around your gastric band
Is a Gastric Band the right option for me?
If you have attempted to lose weight through other methods such as dieting and exercise and are unable to shift the excessive weight and have a BMI of 40+, then you may be eligible to have a gastric band.
To have a gastric band you must also be fit enough to undergo surgery and be committed to maintaining a healthier and more active lifestyle once you have had the band fitted.
A gastric band will reduce the quantity of food you are able to consume, however you must also be aware that you will need to eat healthier foods for best results.
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