Gastric band surgery
Gastric Band Surgery
A gastric band which is also known as a lap band or sometimes a band lap, is an inflatable band fitted over the top of the stomach to restrict food intake and hunger. The purpose of the band is to aid weight loss by limiting the capacity of the stomach and providing a feeling of fullness.
Gastric band surgery is only recommended for those who are very overweight and have been unable to lose the weight by another method. When a gastric band is recommended, it is usually only after repeated attempts at weight loss through dieting.
The surgery is carried out using keyhole surgery and normally takes around thirty minutes. Incisions are made and the band is fitted around the stomach at the top. After the operation, patients will need to stay on a liquid diet for around two weeks. Gradually, they will be able to progress to soft foods, then normal food in small portions.
If you are considering weight loss surgery, you will need to research bariatric surgeons. There are many types of gastric surgery carried out by weight loss surgeons, it is important to research into your desired surgeon to see the type of surgery they perform. Other bariatric operations include stomach bypass surgery and gastric balloon surgery.
It is essential to check if the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Surgery or the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery. If a surgeon is certified by either of these boards, they will need to have completed training and met the required standards.
Websites are available to help you find surgeons that are available in your area. Some sites contact the surgeon to verify their credentials, but it is still recommended that patients conduct their own research. Other sites all previous patients to rate and review the surgeons they have had, this can be useful to find out how others experienced the surgery and the surgeon performing it.
- The gastric band restricts food intake
- Gastric band operations are performed via keyhole surgery
- May be recommended in severe cases of obesity