What is Gastric Banding?
Gastric banding or laparoscopic surgery is a procedure undertaken by patients who are obese and have a body mass index of anything greater than 35. The surgery helps the patient regulate hunger patterns and food consumption through the insertion of a device that is situated around a top portion of the stomach. This banding is adjustable by means of inflation using a saline solution and is usually adjusted to make the stomach gradually smaller in a series of visits to the doctor. The volume of the stomach is decreased, which gives the feeling of being full sooner.
General anaesthetic is used, but low risk if performed by a skilled gastroenterologist. A small incision is usually made near the patient’s naval or belly button. The surgeon uses a surgical camera to conduct the operation and position the gastric band. Once the band is in place and the band can be adjusted as weight loss continues. This will be done by introducing a saline solution into the band via an access port just under the skin.
Should I do it?
Weight loss is not an easy task for just anyone and sometimes other means are necessary. The surgery serves as a last resort for patients after necessary diet and exercise programs have been tried and have not been effective.