What Is Gastric Banding ?
This is a surgical procedure which involves placing a silicone band around the stomach to reduce the amount of food eaten. Smaller meals mean a reduced calorie intake which results in weight loss.
You will not have to take a daily nutritional supplement as food is absorbed as normal; however, you will have to follow a sensible eating regime and take exercise as well. This may seem like an easier option but, it is the same as the other procedures in that it is a long term approach to the problem of excessive weight gain.
It is often referred to as ‘LAGB’: this stands for Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding’ as this procedure is carried out using laparoscopic or keyhole surgery. Keyhole surgery means a series of small incisions are made rather than one long incision which results in less scarring and a quicker recovery for the patient.
However, the selling point of this device is that it can be adjusted by your surgeon according to your calorie intake and weight loss.
How Does Gastric Band Surgery Work ?
The gastric band is a hollow tube in the shape of a ring. Your surgeon can inject a saline solution into the band which then causes it to expand and so tighten around the stomach. If this band needs tightening then more solution is added. If it needs loosening then he/she will remove some of the solution. This is often referred to as adjustments and fills.
How Is The Gastric Band Adjusted ?
The surgeon will have a small handheld device, similar to a remote control. He/she will also place a small transmitter onto the patient’s chest – where the receiver is located. He/she will press a button on the handheld device which causes a signal to be sent to the transmitter and the receiver. The receiver then sends that signal to the tiny microchip inside the ring. This tells the ring to expand or contract.
What is especially useful is that the surgeon can receive feedback about the current state of the ring and can make any necessary changes.
This is seen as a less uncomfortable procedure than the other two conventional systems.
How Do You Know If You Should Have The Gastric Banding Procedure ?
If you have always struggled with your weight despite dieting, and are more than twice your desired weight, then you may be eligible for this new type of gastric bypass surgery. If your Body Mass Index is higher than 40, or you weigh 100 pounds above the ideal weight for your height, then you are probably a good candidate for this surgery. Nearly a third of American fall into this category, and many are opting to have this new type of surgery as it is far less risky than conventional gastric bypass surgery.
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