This page will provide you with information about gastric banding. For further details, you should speak to your consultant.
What is gastric band (or lap band) surgery?
This procedure is aimed at those looking to lose weight. It works by restricting the amount of food you can eat by minimising the size of the stomach, meaning you feel fuller quicker, eat less and therefore lose weight as time goes on.
What choose to have a gastric band / lap band?
Many people choose to have the procedure in order to reduce their risk of obesity-related health issues.
If you are:
- Classed as morbidly obese, with a BMI of 40+
- Have a BMI of 30-40 and suffer from either heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes
- Struggle to lose a lot of weight through traditional methods such as diet and exercise
Then you may wish to consider gastric band surgery.
What benefits does gastric band / lap band surgery have?
Alongside significant weight loss and a reduction in the risk of suffering from obesity-related health issue, other benefits include:
- A long-term focus on healthy eating
- Increased mobility
- Increased levels of mental and physical wellbeing
- A more positive outlook, for example better self-esteem and self-confidence
What does gastric band / lap band surgery entail?
A surgeon will place a band around the stomach which splits it into two parts (this can be adjusted at a later date). Food will be able to slowly pass between the two parts via a narrow opening before moving into the rest of the digestive system. The small stomach compartments mean that the patient feels fuller after eating less. As stated the band can be adjusted – whether it is adjusted or not will be determined by how much weight has been lost and over what period of time. If it does need to be adjusted, fluid will be injected into the band to tighten it. This is called a band fill.
What is the aftercare like?
Most patients can return home the same day or after spending just one night in hospital. Staff will ensure you are ready to return home and have all the relevant dietary information required before you are discharged.
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