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Gastric Band

At our Estonia clinic we have several specialists who provide consultation on weight loss surgery. When you schedule an appointment or consult one of our doctors online, you will be advised on the different Bariatric procedures we have and what would be good for you. These are restricted forms of surgery and they are different ways of reducing the size of the stomach. When one undergoes a restrictive surgery they feel full faster and can consume small meals which lead to weight loss.

Gastric banding is a laparoscopic surgery that is comprised of adjustable gastric bands being used to restrict or secure the upper part of the stomach. The stomach is then reduced to a pouch with an inch wide outlet. Hence, it can hold only an ounce of solid food after such a procedure.

Gastric banding is considered as one of the different options among weight loss surgeries. The surgery comprises of inserting a gastric band that is laparoscopic and adjustable. This is a surgical device that is inserted, being a rubber ring made of silicone that is thin and hollow and comes with a small tube. The ring is inserted in the stomach cavity through a small incision that is made; it is then fitted on the upper part of the stomach, which restricts the amount of food intake that the stomach is capable of.

With a gastric band surgery a patient feels full more quickly. They also consume less calories and that in turn aids in the weight loss that is required in the patient. The tube that is inserted during the surgery comprises of a small port placed under the skin. This fills the ring with saline water. This in turn reduces the intake capacity of the stomach.

Tests required for gastric band surgery

If you are about to undergo a gastric band surgery, then your physician will advise you on the number of diagnostic tests that you need to take. These are required to assess your general health condition and to ensure that there are no existing elements or preconditions that good cause list for the surgery. In general gastric banding is a minimally invasive procedure which leads to hardly any complications.

Physicians recommend patients to take blood test for ensuring blood count, hormonal levels and other physiological parameters. Abdominal ultrasound is required. Chest X Ray, colonoscopy, echocardiogram usually are prescribed as diagnostic test preparations needed to undergo before they go for gastric band surgery.

What to expect from gastric band surgery?

When one opts for the surgery, they are usually advised so by physicians. The device that is placed inside the stomach of a patient is described to the person before undergoing the procedure. The labeling information of the device helps patients understand the features of the band and risks that are inherent in this procedure. At such a time one can ask all necessary questions that one might have about the procedure.

Our clinic in Estonia is known to specialists who conduct Bariatric procedures of different kinds. They can guide one from the beginning in choosing the right procedure that would be beneficial for them, understanding the pros and cons of undergoing such a procedure and so forth. As there are different kinds of Bariatric surgeries that can help provide weight loss, the pros and cons of these comparative methods can also be discussed before one takes a decision.

The steps involved in this laparoscopic surgery are few and the entire procedure takes about an hour to complete. Patients are administered general anesthesia during this time. One to five incisions, small in dimension, are made in the abdomen of the patient. The surgeon then places a small camera along with the band in the abdominal cavity. The silicone band is then adjusted and placed correctly. Patients can be discharged the same day or they might be kept in the hospital to monitor the post operative recovery and then sent home with instructions on the post operative regime and diet to follow.

Though the gastric band implanted is designed to be a long term device, it often requires adjustment, replacement or removal. Hence, some patients might have to undergo procedures additionally to reposition the same, remove or replace the gastric band. There are dietary changes that need to be followed as per the physician’s advice and in case of deviations there can arise complications. These comprise of vomiting or spitting up of food. One could feel nauseated, might find it difficult to swallow or face gastroesophageal reflux. Abdominal pain, upset stomach, indigestion moving of the band from original position and stretching of stomach pouch as well as erosion of the band into the stomach or the stomach wall are some of the side effects that can occur.

Positive effects

Though there are risks associated with the operation, they are more related to digestive problems when dietary compliance is not followed. The procedure that we offer at our clinic has resulted in several satisfied patients. They have found this procedure to be safe and without any adverse surgical complications. It also helps lessen the risks of ailments linked with obesity, such as heart diseases, diabetes and other chronic conditions that are made worse by obesity.

It has been proven that gastric banding can help one lose excess body weight from 35% to a maximum of 45%. Hence, those who are about 100 pounds overweight will see weight loss of 35 to 45 pounds after they undergo such a procedure. The results vary, however. It is also considered one of the least invasive procedures for weight loss and also one of the safest surgeries. Unlike other invasive surgeries for weight loss, the recovery time is minimal and one can assume their normal life routine soon, as long as they follow the dietary restrictions that are imposed. Vitamin losses or deficiencies are also not found with this procedure unlike others.

Diet and activity

Diet that patients need to follow after surgery usually comprise of soft food. This can be items like mashed potatoes, pudding, soup, mashed fish, chicken and other protein sources. Mostly one has to consume to pureed food as part of the post-operative diet. However, certain food items might be kept away from your diet chart by your physician. Foods to be eaten slowly and in small amounts. It is a good time to start eating healthy and choose to have less sugar.

One would be prescribed supplements which should be made part of their daily meal. One also needs to stay hydrated adequately. Due to the restricted diet one might notice low energy levels but slowly one can get back to normal life activities.

Comparing gastric band with other restrictive surgeries for weight loss

  • When invasive levels are considered, the laparoscopic procedure for gastric banding is minimally invasive as compared to gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.
  • Both gastric bypass and banding procedures are reversible, which make them less risky compared to sleeve gastrectomy that is non reversible.
  • The operating time is minimal for banding while gastric bypass is and sleeve gastrectomy require more time.
  • Gastric banding does not lead to many changes in digestion or of hunger pangs which is lessened in sleeve gastrectomy considerably.
  • Surgical or post-operative complications are minimal in gastric banding while post operative care and caution are more required in gastric bypass to ensure that the digestive system recovers right. In case of sleeve gastrectomy there are usually no adverse side effects seen besides the lessened hunger realization.
  • Risks remain similar in these operations in varying measures which could be indigestion, acid reflux, staples separating, band infection, leakage, food intolerance and so forth.
  • Hospital stay is minimal in case of gastric banding while in the case of the other procedures; hospital stay is required for 3 days on an average.

Insurance coverage for gastric banding

For those who are considered morbidly obese undergoing some surgery would be covered under the insurance policy. It is advised however that they check with their insurance policy conditions before proceeding to undergo of gastric band surgery. This surgery has become a standard practice and is recognized as an effective way to help lose weight for obese patients. As the mobility rate is minimally low as well as the risk of other complications, it is a procedure that is usually covered by most insurance policies.

Consulting doctors

If you are concerned about obesity in which to undergo surgery, it is best to refer to your primary care doctor. Our clinic in Estonia has established Bariatric surgery practices and you can rest assured that the surgery that you undergo would be performed by experienced surgeons with the latest technology. There are many patients who come from the US and scheduled appointment for surgery at the clinic. They have been satisfied with the results as well as with the post-operative care, consultation and support that we provide. You can get more details on how to set up a consultation with our specialists to know more about Bariatric weight loss procedures.

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