Gastric Band Operations

Gastric Band OperationsSome people have tried for years to lose weight. They have tried every diet and every exercise program. Everything! And nothing has worked. This can be very frustrating to these people, as they sincerely want to lose weight but do not know how to do so. There are other options that can be considered after many attempts at losing weight have been made. These options include different types of surgical interventions. One of the lower risk ways of weight loss is through gastric band operations. These operations are a way to lose weight, while not “bypassing” any of the digestive tract. This keeps the digestive process the same, as it was pre-surgery. If you have tried to lose weight through diet and exercise and have had zero luck, you should talk to your doctor about the possibility of gastric band operations.

Who Qualities for Gastric Band Operations

If you are planning to talk to your doctor about gastric band operations, you should first see if qualify for the surgery. Getting gastric band operations requires patients have a BMI over 40. This implies a person is morbidly obese. Also, a person will be considered for the surgery if they are 100 pounds or more overweight. Usually being this amount overweight means a person will have a BMI above 40, but this isn’t always the case. Also, if a person is overweight and this is causing some other life threatening medical condition (i.e. hypertension, diabetes, etc.), they may be considered for the surgery. Gastric band operations are not meant to be for a person wanting to lose weight for vanity purposes. It is for purely health reasons. If you just want to lose weight to become more attractive, gastric band operations are not for you.

How Gastric Band Operations Work

Gastric band operations begin with the administration of a general anesthetic. This is meant to put the person to sleep and allow for the surgeon to work. Incisions are made so the surgeon will be able to perform surgery via laparoscopic methods. The abdominal cavity is filled to allow with carbon dioxide gas to give the doctor room to work. The gastric band is then inserted around the stomach near the top, where the food enters. The band is put around the stomach and tightened. This is to limit the amount of food that can enter the stomach at any one time. The space left for food is about a half-cup in volume.

Once this space is filled, the food pushes on the walls of the stomach, and receptors in the wall tell the stomach it is full. This tells the body to stop eating. The food can then enter the rest of the stomach, as the opening between the two parts of the stomach is small, but not completely occluded. After this, the food can undergo normal digestion. If you are interested in this type of surgery, you should talk to your doctor. He or she will be able to tell you all the risks and will also be able to let you know if you qualify.

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