The surgeon uses laparoscopy (which involves small incisions on the belly) to place an adjustable lap band around the upper part of the stomach. The lap band which is made of silicone, squeezes the stomach to the size of an hourglass, appearing pouch with about an inch-wide outlet.
A subcutaneous port is placed under the skin, which runs from the silicone band. Injection or removal of saline (sterile salt water) can be done through the skin, flowing into or out of the lap band. The lap band is made tighter by injecting saline. This helps in inducing a feeling of satiety and thereby decreasing food intake. Thus, the band can be tightened or loosened as needed to lower the side-effects and improve weight loss
How is a Gastric Band Fitted?
Gastric banding involves the laparoscopic placement of a silicone band around the upper portion of the stomach. This band divides the stomach into two sections, a small upper pouch above the band and a larger pouch below the band. The band can help you achieve long-lasting weight loss, by limiting your food intake and reducing your appetite.
Adjusting the size of the opening between the two pouches of the stomach controls how much food passes from the upper to the lower section of the stomach. The stoma between the two parts of the stomach can easily be decreased or increased, by injecting or removing saline from the band. The band is connected by a subcutaneous port, placed under the skin.
Ideal Candidate for this Procedure
Morbid obesity-related health problems include
Benefits of Gastric Band
Potential Risks and Complications
Potential Risks and Complications of Gastric Band Surgery
As with any other surgical procedure, even in the Gastric Band surgery, there is an element of risk involved. Though all the measures would be taken to prevent any complications, that may occur, there is a possibility of experiencing certain side effects at some point.
The possible problems and risks involved with this surgery, have been outlined below:
These being the major complications, other side effects involved are Food Trapping, Port Problems, Infection and Abdominal Pain. This surgery does not cause malabsorption of nutrients, preventing patients from suffering vitamin deficiencies
Currae Weight Loss Consultation
At Currae hospital we offer an unsurpassed service to each of our patients. We here understand that every patient is unique and they are probably going to have distinctive necessities and requirements.
When you book an appointment with one of our bariatric doctors, we make sure that the consultation being offered helps you in making an informed decision. Before suggesting to undergo any treatment, we find it important to consider the following:
We completely understand how overwhelming this can be and our consultation service will help you with all the answers you require before going through the procedure.
- Will I feel hungry or deprived of the Lap Band?
You may observe a change in your hunger cycle which can lead to a difference in the volume of the meal being taken. Even a small meal may keep you satiated for a long time. For the initial three to four days post-surgery you will be required to follow a strict clear liquid diet. After you get into the recovery process, it is recommended to have small quantities of food.
- What about pregnancy?
Though there are no reports of complications in pregnancy due to this surgery, it recommended consulting the specialist in case you are planning a pregnancy. The band does not require to be removed in case you get pregnant.