A Complete Guide to Laparoscopic Gastric Banding
August 12, 2016
The increasing cases of obesity in Australia are largely attributable to unhealthy eating habits and lifestyles. Those who are unable to lose weight even after controlling their diet and regular exercising turn to weight loss surgery. Though weight loss procedures such as laparoscopic gastric banding result in notable results in most cases, patients need to understand that it is not a cheat code to shedding those extra kilos. Therefore, before you say yes to go under the knife, you should have a fair understanding of the lap band surgery, which we aim to establish through this brief post. Take a look.
How it Works
The surgeon makes a small incision in the abdomen to place an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach. The band squeezes the stomach, creating a small pouch with an inch-wide outlet. The surgery is intended to increase the time the stomach takes to consume food, thereby reducing the patient’s overall diet and resulting in sustainable weight loss.
The patients usually stay in the hospital for less than 24 hours post-surgery and return to normal activity within a week. Full recovery, however, may require up to two weeks.
Pros and Cons
Laparoscopic gastric banding is the least invasive procedure performed without stomach stapling, intestinal re-routing, or cutting. The band wrapped around the stomach is adjustable, and the procedure is reversible. The risk of nutritional deficiencies post-procedure is very low, and so is complication rate.
Though the initial weight loss after surgery is gradual, patients may expect more prominent results after regular follow-ups. Band slippage, however, is one reason that may reduce the effectiveness of the surgery. In addition, there are chances of a leakage in the access port, which requires a minor revision surgery.
Ensuring optimal weight loss and sustainable results requires the patients to strictly follow the prescribed dietary guidelines. Typically, it is advisable to take 800 calories per day for a period of 2 to 3 years, until the first goal is met. The patients can increase the intake to 1000 to 2000 calories per day after achieving the first landmark. Apart from focusing on daily calorie intake, patients also need to take care of following:
- Eat protein-rich foods
- Avoid dry and fibrous food that might get stuck while eating
- Avoid high fat foods and carbonated drinks
- Drink at least 6-8 cups of water every day
- Eat three small meals and avoid snacking
- Eat slowly and chew properly
- Take multivitamins and calcium supplements
Average Weight Loss
Laparoscopic gastric banding has a slow and steady weight loss rate, and the weight may finally stabilize 3 to 5 years after the surgery. Patients can expect 40 to 50 percent weight loss after one year, and 55 percent weight loss after 5 years.
Laparoscopic gastric banding is an advisable option for those with a BMI of 40 or more. However, if a patient has a weight-related life-threatening condition, they may be advised to go under the knife even with a BMI of 35. If you are unsure about your BMI, you can check it by using our BMI calculator. Should you wish to find out your eligibility for gastric banding surgery or have any other questions related to the procedure, feel free to get in touch with us at 0893709686. You can also fill out our contact form and we’ll take it from there.