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Gastric Banding Treatment & Diagnostics in Kondapur, Hyderabad

Gastric Banding

Gastric banding is a surgical treatment for weight loss. In gastric banding, a band is placed in the upper part of your stomach. This lets the surgeon create a small pouch to hold food. The band makes you feel full even if you had less food, thus restricting the diet. The band can be adjusted to make the food move faster or slower depending on your condition.

Who can have Gastric Banding?

Generally, gastric banding and other bariatric surgeries could be an option for you if;

  • If you are severely obese and your body mass index is more than 40 and you have tried to reduce weight using conservative methods and diet.
  • You are ready to change to a better lifestyle and quit smoking and drinking. After the surgery, you should be ready to do daily exercises and eat healthily.
  • If your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher (morbid obesity), which is about (40-50) kg overweight.
  • Your body mass index (BMI) is 35 to 39.9 (obesity), and you have a serious weight-related health problem, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or sleep apnea.

What risks are involved?

The following are the complications and risks involved in gastric banding:

  • Allergies
  • Blood loss
  • Infections at the site of the surgery
  • Bleeding from the operated area causing prolonged blood loss
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Erosion of the gastric band
  • Poor appetite
  • Bowel syndrome
  • Infection at the port, which needs immediate surgery
  • Stomach ulcers, etc.

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What Happens Before the Operation?

  • Before the surgery talk to your doctor at Apollo Kondapur about the procedure and information about the type of medications you are taking.
  • To check whether you are healthy for the surgery or not, you will be told to do lab tests such as blood tests, stool teat, etc.
  • You will undergo a complete physical examination
  • If you smoke, you will be advised not to as it delays the healing
  • Nutritional counselling
  • You may be told not to take any blood thinners before the surgery such as aspirins, ibuprofen, etc.
  • Inform if you had flu, cold, etc. a few days before the surgery.
  • You will be told when to stop eating and drinking for the surgery.

What Happens During the Operation?

Gastric banding is a laparoscopic procedure. At first general anaesthesia is given to put you in a controlled state of unconsciousness and relax your muscles. This prevents you from moving and feeling any pain during the operation. A camera is inserted in your belly during the operation this camera is also known as a laparoscope. The process of the surgery is;

  • 1-5 small incisions will be made by your doctor in your abdomen, the camera and the other instruments are inserted in these incisions. The surgery is performed with the help of these instruments.
  • The upper part and the lower part of your stomach will be separated by bands that will be placed by your doctor.
  • The separation creates a small pouch with a narrow opening leading to the larger part of the lower stomach.
  • It takes 30-60 minutes to complete the surgery.
  • This surgery involves no stapling.

What Happens After the Operation?

You can go home after the operation. Normally, it takes about 2-3 days to start doing normal activities. You have to have liquid and mashed foods for the first 2-3 weeks. It will take about 6 weeks to go back to normal foods.

Your gastric band can be tightened or loosened by your doctor if you have a problem with appetite, frequent vomiting, etc. You have to change to a better lifestyle and stop eating junk foods. Avoid smoking and drinking as much as possible.

Gastric banding is not a big surgery compared to other weight-loss surgeries. You will lose less weight compared to other surgeries but it’s the safer one. In this procedure, you will lose weight gradually over 3 years.

How quickly do you lose weight with a gastric band?

You will lose weight gradually. You can lose about 2-3 pounds every week. The process will continue for about 3 years. In 3 years you will lose a significant amount of weight.

What are the common risks and side effects of the gastric band?

  • Acid reflux
  • Infection at the operated area
  • Poor appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting, etc.

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