With the growing popularity of bariatric surgery, new technologies and medical discoveries have added more variety to the procedures available. For patients concerned with traditional methods, particularly when it comes to permanence, laparoscopic adjustable gastric bands can be an excellent alternative.
Unlike traditional gastric bypass surgery, this unique procedure does not require surgical readjustment of the small intestine, leaving organs in the digestive tract in place. Fast, easy, and reversible if necessary, Omaha Gastric Bypass is here to help you see whether a gastric band is right for you. A consultation is all it takes to get started!
How Adjustable Band Surgery Works
Adjustable gastric band surgery is used to reduce the size of the stomach through the use of a flexible, adjustable silicone band filled with saline. This band is placed around the top portion of the stomach, leaving a space roughly the size of a lemon. Through this process, digestion is significantly slowed, sending signals to the brain that the stomach is full. Gastric band procedures are generally performed laparoscopically, using several small incisions in the stomach that heal quickly.
Expected Weight Loss
After your laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery, you will work one-on-one with our nutritionists and weight loss counselors to create a custom diet plan that can facilitate safe, effective recovery. Weight loss will be fastest between three and six months after your procedure, with continued loss over the next 12 to 24 months with proper diet and exercise. In many cases, patients who received an adjustable lap band procedure lose 50% or more of their excess weight, often reducing the BMI to a healthy, normal figure.
Pros and Cons
Like all surgical procedures, there are both pros and cons that accompany a gastric band operation. Notably, weight loss is quick with an adjustable band, and side effects are lessened due to the nature of the surgery. There are no malabsorption side effects as there is no change to the digestive tract, making it easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In addition, there is little in the way of dumping symptoms, making eating normally a little easier.
There are drawbacks as well, however. Weight loss with an adjustable band tends to be a slower than other procedures, increasing the time patients may have to live with weight-related illnesses. In addition, bands can stretch over time, making weight gain more likely in the future. If this happens, however, a revisionary surgery can adjust this, shrinking the stomach once more.
If you are considering a laparoscopic adjustable gastric band for weight loss, Omaha Gastric Bypass can provide comprehensive support throughout the process. Contact us online or call us at 402-572-3663 or 402-758-5544 to schedule an initial consultation and explore the benefits of bariatric surgery for your life.