Obese men and women, who dislike standard weight loss techniques including weight loss diets and workouts, often prefer weight loss surgeries to lose weight. Gastric banding is a form of weight loss surgery that has become popular in recent years.
Gastric banding for weight loss
In this weight loss surgical procedure, a band made of silicone is placed around the top of the stomach to reduce the size of the stomach cavity. This surgical process is also known as restrictive surgery.
Restrictive surgeries reduce appetite by reducing the size of the stomach cavity. However, unlike mal-absorption surgeries such as gastric bypass surgeries, food absorption is not affected by gastric banding.
Usually adjustable bands are used in gastric banding. Depending upon the amount of weight lost after the surgery, the adjustable gastric band could be tightened or loosened to accelerate or decelerate weight loss. Compared to mal-absorption weight loss surgeries, you might lose lesser weight initially after gastric banding.
However, in the long run, weight lost with gastric banding is comparable to the weight lost with gastric bypass surgery. After attaining the desired body weight, gastric banding patients could easily maintain the normal body mass index.
Gastric banding side effects
Although gastric banding appears to be an easy surgical procedure, it is not free from postoperative side effects. Before undergoing this weight loss surgery, you should be aware of the risks associated with gastric banding. Gastric banding might narrow the opening between the stomach and the small intestine.
This postoperative complication could be corrected with simple outpatient procedure, in which a tube is passed through the digestive tract to widen the opening. Sometimes surgery is recommended to treat the problem.
Gastric banding patients have a higher risk of pneumonia after the surgery. Rapid emptying of the stomach could increase the risk of dumping syndrome. Gastric banding might cause excessive burping. To prevent burping, gastric banding patients are advised to chew their foods properly.
This weight loss surgery could even cause infections, blood clots, flatulence and hernia. Although the surgeon firmly wraps the gastric band around the stomach, in about 5 percent of cases, the gastric band might slip. Repeated vomiting is usually a sign of gastric band slippage.