If you have tried and tried to lose weight and have had absolutely no luck, you should consider talking with your doctor about getting an adjustable gastric band inserted. This is a surgical method of losing weight that is lower risk than traditional gastric bypass surgery. For this reason, more and more people are getting an adjustable gastric band. Before talking to your doctor, you should make sure you have taken all the necessary steps to attempt to lose weight without using surgery. These include both diet and exercise. For any overweight person, these are two words they hate to hear. But they work and are the safest way to lose weight and keep it off. Granted, they are not easy options. But they do work! However, if you have not had luck with them and find yourself overweight to the point of being morbidly so, you should consider an adjustable gastric band.
Gastric Band Procedure
An adjustable gastric band is inserted around the stomach. The surgeon will operate via laparoscopy. A small incision is made and the abdominal cavity is filled with carbon dioxide, a common gas found in the body. This gives the doctor room to work in the cavity. Then the gastric band is put around the top of the stomach, leaving about a half cup of volume for food to enter. This is much smaller than the six cups that are usually available in the stomach. The band is tight enough so that the food slowly enters the rest of the stomach, while telling the body it is full after that half-cup volume is filled.
The gastric band is adjustable, depending on the size needed. As a person loses weight, the band will need to be adjusted. Saline is inserted in the band to inflate it and squeeze on the stomach. The saline is released to deflate it and lessen the tension. The average gastric band can hold 4 to 12 cc of saline.
How an Adjustable Gastric Band Works ?
The first step to having an adjustable gastric band inserted is the preparatory diet before surgery. You will have to eat a certain diet before surgery. This is to ensure your safety and the success of the operation. On surgery day, you will be given a general anesthetic. This will allow you to go to sleep and not wake up during surgery. Also, small incisions will be made. This is so the doctor can work via laparoscopic methods to insert the adjustable gastric band. The adjustable gastric band will be inserted after the surgeon fills the abdominal cavity with carbon dioxide.
After this, the band will be inserted around the top of the stomach. The stomach will be sectioned into two spaces. The top space will only be about a half-cup in volume. This is the area where food will enter after being digested. After this, the food will push on the walls of the stomach. This will lead to the body being told that it is full. This “full” will cause the person to stop eating. After this, since the opening between the two sections of stomach isn’t completely closed, the food will slowly enter the bottom of the stomach and go into the small intestine for digestion and absorption of nutrients.
Getting your Adjustable Gastric Band Adjusted
After surgery, you may not notice much of a difference in the amount you can eat. This is due to the adjustable gastric band needing to be tightened. Once the doctor tightens your band (outpatient procedure), you will notice you have limited appetite. The band is filled with saline to tighten it. This way, if it were to break, you wouldn’t be in any danger, since saline is harmless.
After surgery and the adjusting of the adjustable gastric band, you should start to see your appetite change and the weight come off. There is no way to guess how much weight you lose, because it still depends on how much you eat and exercise. At any rate, you should find losing weight much easier with an adjustable gastric band.