Gradually losing weight with adjustable gastric banding is effective, safe and does not require the stomach to be stapled or cut. This procedure has been used all over the world for over fifteen years. The device and surgical technique are continually evolving. The FDA approved the LAP-Band System for individuals suffering from obesity with a body mass index at a minimum of thirty. This is conditional on the individual failing to loose weight with pharmacotherapy, exercise and diet. This option is for individuals needed to loose fifty to seventy pounds. This is a laparoscopic procedure and the majority of patients return home the same day or the day following surgery.
Adjustable banding weight loss surgery involves the placement of a silicone band around the stomach’s upper area. The stomach is molded into two chambers with the band. The abdominal wall is used for the connection of an injection port beneath the skin. A thin, soft tubing is used to connect the band. A healthcare professional adjusts the band with a needle so saline solution can be injected using the port. The restriction of the band is increased with the saline so less food is required for the patient to feel full. The operation is generally performed as an outpatient procedure so the patient is usually able to go back to work within a few days.
This tool is excellent for losing weight and keeping it off in the future. The average patient loses between 45 and 55 percent of the excess weight. The surgeon will recommend specific exercise and diet guidelines necessary for maximum success. This type of procedure necessitates the continuation of following up with the surgeon for any adjustments needed to control the hunger of the patient and achieve weight loss.
This bariatric surgery has been shown in studies to resolve a percentage of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Gastric banding satisfies a person with less food but the desire to eat will remain. Follow up care is required. This technique has gained popularity in the area of medical tourism.