Gastric Band Surgery
Gastric band surgery (you’ll hear it referred to as “lap band surgery” as well) is the safest and least traumatic variety of gastric control surgery.
Unlike other appetite control surgeries, the gastric band involves no cutting, no rerouting and no stapling or stitching of the stomach, intestines and other gastric organs. The gastric band is a permanent solution, but can be removed if required.
Instead, gastric band surgery applies an adjustable band, like an inflatable elastic belt, to the entrance of the stomach. The gastric band is set to the tension recommended by your specialist. It restricts the opening by reduction of the diameter, therefore, limiting the consumption of food before you feel full: and can be set to accommodate incrementally lower levels of food as your weight starts to fall.
Gastric band surgery causes weight loss by fooling your body into thinking it has filled the stomach with food. The body then augments the calories it burns from food, with burning the fat it has stored previously.
As your gastric band causes your weight to drop, it can be set to further restrict the amount of food entering your stomach – or to allow more food into the stomach. The calibration of the band is done by inflating and deflating as required. There’s no further gastric band surgery required when you set the band to different levels – simple inflation and deflation is enough.
The ease with which the restriction created by the gastric band can be increased or decreased ensures that you can respond to your dropping weight – and to any external conditions that might apply such as illness, for example, you would need to increase your food intake to ensure continued health. During pregnancy the band should be ‘opened’ to its fullest during any pregnancy, to allow your body to ‘feed’ both yourself and you’re unborn.
Gastric band surgery is sustainable, easily reversible and as flexible as you need it to be. It’s an ideal procedure for most patients who wish to take control of their eating and weight.