Know about Gastric band surgery complications, recovery time & cost
Gastric Band surgery is a completely reversible procedure performed laparoscopically or through keyhole route. A silicone band is wrapped around the upper part of the stomach to create a small stomach. Small quantity of food can fill up the small stomach providing satisfaction/satiety to the person.
Narrow outlet of this small stomach delays progression of food into intestine—person feels full for longer period. The size of the stomach opening can be adjusted later by injecting saline through a button under the skin. In this way, weight loss can be controlled. Person is able to eat smaller meals at long interval.
Usually 24 hours
Special Dietary Requirement – Higher protein intake, multi vitamin & mineral supplementation for 1-2 years prevents any nutritional deficiencies.
Complications-The reported incidence of gastric band surgery has reduced significantly over a period of time with change in dissection technique, band design, adjustment techniques etc. The list of possible complications include
|Rarely Bleeding or Gastric Perforation – None in our series since 2000|
|This includes wound infections (1-3%), pulmonary embolism (1%), rarely bleeding & cardio-pulmonary complications etc.|
|This includes band slippage, band erosion, oesophageal dilatation|
|The reported excess weight loss after LAGB surgery is approx. 40%-54%|
|Co – morbidity Improvement|
Most of the patients have significant improvements in their associated diseases as they lose weight. The reported incidence for common diseases is as follows
|Improvement in >45%-80%|
|Resolution in > 70%|
|Improvement in >38-70%|
|Resolution in > 94%|