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Gastric banding surgery

Gastric banding surgery

People who are morbidly obese may be referred for weight loss surgery as a last ditch attempt to lose some weight. It is drastic but it may be necessary for health reasons and for the patientís psychological well being.
Being extremely overweight can cause depression and plummeting self confidence and if a patient has tried to lose weight naturally but has been unsuccessful then surgery may be the only option left. One of the more popular methods of weight loss surgery is gastric banding surgery.

The gastric band works by restricting the amount of food that the patient can eat. Gastric banding is usually performed under keyhole surgery whereby a small incision is made and a camera is used to help place the band around the stomach. It is much less invasive this way than previous methods of weight loss surgery.

Obesity has become a very serious problem in recent years and because of this there has been a sharp rise in the amount of gastric banding procedures which have been carried out. But it is one of the most successful methods for losing weight surgically as studies have shown that patients feel full on a much smaller meal than before and this results in them eating less and then losing weight. It is important however, that patients follow nutritional guidelines which have been given to them by the surgeon after the procedure. This ensures that maximum benefit is attained. Patients will also be encouraged to incorporate exercise in to their day and to make lifestyle changes to maximise the benefits of their gastric banding surgery.

Gastric banding surgery involves a silicone band being placed over the top of the stomach and tightened to make this part of the stomach the size of an egg. There is no redirecting of the small intestine or the stomach and there is no cutting or stapling. When the patient eats, the small part of the stomach that has been created can only hold a small amount of food before the patient feels uncomfortably full. The brain then thinks that the entire stomach is full. The food is then passed very slowly into the rest of the stomach through the gap between the top part of the stomach and the lower part. This ensures that the patient will feel full for longer. It is then digested normally from there. As the stomach can only hold a small amount of food now, it is important that the food eaten is nutritious and valuable to the patient. Food high in fat and sugar should be avoided.

Gastric banding surgery is one of the best forms of weight loss surgery. The band can be adjusted if the patient begins to be able to eat more food without feeling full. Fluid should not be taken with food as it can dilute the food making it easier to pass from the small stomach pouch to the rest of the stomach. This can leave you feeling hungry quicker and that is not how this procedure works. You should make sure that the small part of the stomach is full for as long as possible.

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