Many patients experience the medical consequences of obesity such as diabetes, sleep apnea, joint pain and infertility. The surgery of the gastric band allows them to benefit from a much better quality of life.
One of the main reasons why gastric band surgery is more popular than other forms of weight loss surgery is that it can be reversed.
Unlike other weight loss procedures, which involve cutting and stapling the stomach permanently, the gastric band can be removed at any time. Another advantage is that it does not lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
The gastric band allows you to eat much less while still enjoying your food. It works like this:
- Reduce the background hunger (satiety)
- Allow you to feel full with less hearty meals (early satiation)
- Prevent overeating (restriction).
Am I a good candidate?
This intervention is a good solution if you suffer from such problems:
- Your BMI is greater than 30
- You really tried to control your weight through diet and exercise
- Your weight problem is not caused by an underlying endocrinological disorder or medication
- You are at least 16 years old (no upper age limit)
- You are ready to participate in a continuous medical follow-up.
- If you also have type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea or other medical conditions related to obesity, or have a family history with these problems, weight loss can be beneficial for your child health and your longevity.
Rates : Starting at 3 780 £
This package includes: the Surgery, anesthesia, use of the operating room, stay at the clinic, drugs, surgeon and anesthesiologist fees, convalescence at the hotel and transfers (Airport / Clinic / Hotel).
Anesthesia : General
Length of stay : 6 days (5 nights): 3 nights at the clinic/2 nights at the hotel
Scar : A small scar recover quickly
Time of absence before returning to work :You can go back to work after one week. Do not make efforts and keep a moderate physical activity during 6 to 8 days.
Before the surgery:
Things you need to do before a gastric band surgery
Your surgeon will ask you to do some analysis and a medical consultation before the surgery. Here are some of them:
- Blood tests and other tests to make sure you are healthy enough to undergo surgery
- Tips to help you understand what’s going on during surgery, what to expect next, and what risks or problems may occur
- A complete physical examination
- A consultation with a psychologist to make sure that you are emotionally ready for a major surgery. You must be able to make major changes in your lifestyle after the surgery.
- If you smoke, it is advisable to stop smoking because it slows the recovery and increases the risk of problems.
During the week before your surgery:
You may be asked to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), vitamin E, warfarin (Coumadin), and other medicines that prevent your blood from clotting.
Ask what medications to take on the day of your surgery.
The day of your surgery:
DO NOT eat or drink anything for 6 hours before your surgery.
Take the medication that your doctor has prescribed with a sip of water.
Sequence of the gastric band:
How does a gastric band work ?
The surgery is done using a tiny camera that is placed in your belly. This type of surgery is called laparoscopy. The camera is called a laparoscopy. This allows your surgeon to see inside your belly.
During this surgery:
Your surgeon will make 1 to 5 small surgical cuts in your abdomen. With these small cuts, the surgeon will place a camera and the instruments needed to perform the surgery.
Your surgeon will place a band around the upper part of your stomach to separate it from the bottom. This creates a small pocket that has a narrow opening that goes into the lower part of your stomach.
Surgery does not involve cutting or stapling inside your belly.
Your surgery can last from 30 to 60 minutes.
When you eat after having this surgery, you will feel full even by eating a small amount of food.
The food in the small upper pocket will slowly empty into the main part of your stomach
After the surgery:
You will stay 2 nights at the clinic under the supervision of the nurses and doctors then return to the hotel to spend another 3 nights before returning home. Many people are able to start their normal activities 1 or 2 days after returning home. Most people take a week off.
You will need to eat liquid or crushed foods for 2 or 3 weeks after the surgery.
You can gradually add soft foods and then common foods to your diet.
At the end of six weeks after the surgery, you will probably be able to resume a normal diet.
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