A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, commonly called a lap-band, a band, or LAGB, is an inflatable silicone device placed around the top of the stomach to limit the amount of food intake.
Overview of Gastric Band
Some obese people have tried so many diets and different lifestyles, but they couldn’t achieve what they want, and they dream of having a healthy, thin and beautiful body shape. Bariatric surgery is considered for people who are not able to control obesity by changing their lifestyle. The gastric band can be a safe surgery with minimum scars and changeable results for these people. The recovery process of this surgery is usually fast, and the results of weight loss often last for a lifetime which improves patient’s life quality. This surgery does not affect absorption or digestion just reduces the amount of food patients are taking during the day. It also lowers the diabetes and hypertension risks.
Gastric Band Recommended For:
- The patients whom BMI is above 40 or between 35-40 with comorbidities like diabetes or high blood pressure, and they already tried diet and exercise but cannot lose weight.
- Patients older than 18-years old.
- Patients must be willing to make major changes in their eating habits and lifestyle
Before Gastric Band
The bariatric surgeon may recommend a pre-operative diet of two weeks before the surgery which has protein but carbohydrates and fat limitations. This diet makes body ready for the surgery. Patients should tell the surgeon their complete medical history and medicines and supplements intake, he or she asks for laboratory tests to check body health completely. It is important to know that patients should try to stop smoking for better outcomes and they should stop smoking at least 30 days before surgery.
During Gastric Band
This surgery is done under general anesthesia. At first, surgeon makes some small cuts on abdomen to make a way for laryngoscope instruments and camera’s entrance. With these instruments, the surgeon puts an adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach. This creates a very small stomach pouch. It means that person feel full with less food consumption. During surgery, the band is attached to a “port” which can be used to inject saline solution into the band, allowing surgeons to calibrate the tightness of the band. The port is then disconnected and the band remains in place. The band can be adjusted in any office any time for more or less stomach pouch. Although it is not recommended but the patient can remove the band anytime that he or she wants.
After Gastric Band
Patients feel pain after the anesthesia gone, so they need pain killers. Surgeons ask for radiography to check the band situation. For the first 6 weeks, there is a schedule for patient’s diet that should be followed as it said. And the band adjusting times will be clear in that schedule. The diet starts with drops of liquid on the first day to diluted soup in first weeks and soft or mixed foods in the 3th and 4th weeks. While eating solid foods starts, the specialist will adjust the band in an office (it can be done in any other office by patient’s complete medical record which will be given to him/her). Then the band needs adjustments every one-two months. Nausea and vomiting may occur as well which is controlled by reducing the volume of the meal or adjusting the band size. Patients can return to work 1 week after the surgery. Exercising and intense physical activity should be avoided for 1 to 2 months and then doing exercise is recommended. To prevent the deficiency of vitamins and essential ingredients, taking multi-vitamins under the supervision of nutritionist is necessary.
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