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Who can benefit from Gastric Banding?

It is a surgical procedure for gastric banding and the only one approved globally by the FDA as is used for morbid. It helps weight loss by reducing the capacity of the stomach, which will then reduce the amount of food that can be consumed. Since 1993, when the gastric banding procedure was first performed, there have been more than 180,000 operations globally.

Here are some of the reasons why Gastric Banding has became the one of the best forms of weight loss by surgery:

Minimally Invasive Approach

During the gastric banding procedure, surgeons usually use laparoscopic techniques by using small incisions and long instruments). An inflatable silicone gastric band is attached to the upper stomach which looks a bit like a wrist watch, which forms a small pouch regulating the amount of food that can be consumed. The effect from the band is that the patient will feel a sense of fullness on a small amount of food.

Least Traumatic Gastric Procedure

As the Gastric banding system does not involve cutting and stapling or stomach re-routing it is considered the less traumatic form of gastric surgery. The bonus is a reduced post-operative discomfort as the procedure is laparoscopic in technique. Stays in hospitals are reduced, with recovery times that much shorter. In future, if successfull, the gastric band can be removed with the stomach likely to return to a normal state.

Adjustable Treatment

Not all the other gastric surgeries are adjustable. A gastric band can be simply adjusted at any time to suit the needs of the individual. The diameter of the band is adjustable for a customized weight-loss rate to suit the individual. A patient’s individual needs can vary a lot as the weight loss begins to happen. For pregnant patients for example, the banding is designed to accommodate a growing foetus. Similarly, anyone not experiencing weight loss at the expected rate, can have the band tightened.

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