The gastric band which is typically identified more fully as the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, is a really useful device to help reduce the volume of food you consume. It basically acts like a belt around the top portion of your stomach, producing a small pouch. You will feel full after eating only a smaller amount of food. This feeling of fullness will stay, and you will feel satisfied eating three quite small meals a day.
The Gastric Lap Band has been utilized since about 1984 in its present form.
It presents several major advantages:
•It is fully adjustable. The adjustability of the lap band gives you and your doctor control to achieve weight loss while not creating too many unpleasant symptoms due to the degree of restriction.
•It is placed laparoscopically. For most people this means they can return to work very quickly after the procedure with a negligable recovery period.
•It is reversible. Removing the band would revert the stomach to its natural size and you would expect to gain weight again in the usual way.
Weight increase is possible with ANY weight loss procedures inclusive of the more radical procedures that initially result in speedy weight loss. World Health Organisation recommendation for monthly weight loss is ½ to 1 kilograms per week and lap patients may lose this, however this is not guaranteed, and depends on the individual, their personal situation, their personal motivation and their personal mobility.
Ulceration Gastritis Erosion – the band can on very rare occasions wear and aggravate a small area on the outside of the stomach which can then, in extreme cases, lead to migration of the band to the inside the stomach. This however is a very rare occurrence and usually warning signs are noticeable far in advance this ever happening.
In general terms the Gastric Lap Band offers a convenient, manageable method of weight loss surgery for the masses at a relatively reasonable cost to both the surgeon and the client which is why it is such a popular procedure. There are alternatives to this procedure such as the gastric sleeve, the gastric balloon, and for the morbidly obese the ultimate method is the gastric ByPass.
In general terms the lap band offers an easy, manageable method of weight loss surgery for the masses at a relatively reasonable cost to both he surgeon and the client.
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