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The Surgical Solution for Obesity: What You Need to Know About Gastric Banding

Gastric banding is one of the effective surgical options in combating morbid obesity and controlling weight and this procedure offers a vital surgical procedure aimed at reducing stomach size and reducing appetite, which contributes to effective weight loss and improved overall health, as in this article, we will explore the details of gastric banding, its effects on the body, and its benefits, as well as the potential risks and factors to consider before deciding to undergo this surgical procedure.

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What is gastric banding?

Gastric banding, also known as gastric sleeve, is a surgical procedure used to treat morbid obesity and during this operation, the size of the stomach is significantly reduced by creating a small pocket at the top of the stomach and removing the large outer part of the stomach. Reducing the size of the stomach reduces the amount of food that can be eaten, which helps with weight loss and appetite control.

The binding process is considered a permanent procedure, as it cannot be easily undone, however, its effects can be modified by changes in lifestyle and nutrition and the procedure also involves potential surgical risks such as cuts, gastric leakage, and blood clots and therefore, people who are considering undergoing this type of operation should consult a specialist doctor and understand all the medical, nutritional and psychological aspects of this decision.

Who is eligible for gastric banding?

If your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or more, or between 35 and 40.

Try all other treatment options first, such as following a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

The individual must be in generally good enough health to tolerate general anesthesia and surgery.

The individual must be able to follow up long-term and make permanent changes to the lifestyle.

Prepare to attend regular follow-up appointments with the doctor after the operation

How to prepare for gastric band surgery

First you will need some evaluations and blood tests to check your ability to undergo surgery, as these tests may also show whether you have any health conditions related to obesity.

If you smoke, your doctor will ask you to stop – preferably at least 6 weeks before surgery as smoking can affect wound healing and can also lead to some complications.

You will also need to follow a low-fat, low-carbohydrate diet for a short period before the procedure and  this helps shrink the liver and makes it easier and safer to put the gastric band in place.

The doctor performs gastric banding after general anesthesia for the patient, and general anesthesia usually requires stopping eating and drinking hours before the procedure and you will be given clear instructions about when to do this.

On the day of the operation, the surgeon will ensure your health condition and your complete readiness for the operation and the hospital's medical team will also perform any final examinations and prepare you for surgery.

Complications of gastric banding

An infection may occur around the gastric band or tube under the skin, which can appear as red skin or pain in this area.

Injury to the stomach or nearby organs, such as the liver or spleen, may occur during surgery.

The metal band may slip out of place, shrink, or even slowly make its way through the stomach wall and if any of this occurs, it must be repositioned, removed or replaced.

If you lose weight too quickly, you may develop gallstones and this condition can be painful and require surgery to remove.

Food to be eaten after gastric banding

For the first two weeks after surgery, you will need to follow a liquid diet, after that, you will be able to eat mashed and soft foods, before returning to solid foods, as you should also eat slowly and chew well.

If you eat large amounts or quickly, this can put pressure on the ligamentum, which can cause nausea and you may also have difficulty eating some foods, such as meat and white bread, once the gastric banding procedure is performed, as your doctor can advise you to take vitamin and mineral supplements to ensure you get all the necessary nutrients.

The end of the process is the beginning of a new journey towards health and well-being, after gastric banding, you have the opportunity to improve your lifestyle and achieve your health goals and with the guidance of the medical team and adherence to instructions, you can return to an active and healthy lifestyle, as always remember that the process is a tool to help, but true success depends on your commitment to healthy changes over the long term.

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