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Gastric Band Surgery


Gastric band surgery, also known as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, is a weight loss surgery that involves placing a silicone band around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch. This restricts the amount of food that can be eaten, leading to a feeling of fullness with smaller meals and ultimately, weight loss.

During the procedure, a small incision is made in the abdomen, and a laparoscope (a thin tube with a camera and instruments) is used to place the band around the stomach. The band is adjustable, allowing for changes in the amount of restriction placed on the stomach. Adjustments are made by injecting saline solution into a port that is placed under the skin.

Gastric band surgery is typically recommended for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of 30 or higher with a weight-related health condition, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea. It is also an option for individuals who have not been successful with non-surgical weight loss methods.

Benefits of gastric band surgery may include significant weight loss, improvement in weight-related health conditions, increased mobility and energy, and improved overall quality of life. However, it is important to note that the success of the surgery is highly dependent on the individual's commitment to making long-term lifestyle changes, such as healthy eating and regular exercise.

As with any surgical procedure, gastric band surgery carries risks and potential complications, including infection, bleeding, band slippage or erosion, and digestive issues. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of the surgery with a qualified healthcare provider before making a decision.

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