If you have decided you want to lose weight for good and are doing it via gastric band surgery, you should be aware of some of the problem associated with the surgery. Before having the surgery, you should consider all other methods of losing weight. These include both diet and exercise. Diet and exercise are the safest and most effective way to lose weight. No other method can rival. If these have not worked for you, talk to your doctor about getting gastric band surgery. It is relatively low risk, when compared to gastric bypass surgery.
This is due to the fact the gastric band does not bypass any of the digestive tract. The food is digested as normal and the nutrients from our food are absorbed, as they should be. However, this is not to imply there are not possible problems associated with gastric band surgery. On the contrary, there are problems that can occur during and after gastric band surgery. One possible problem is gastric band slippage. This is when the band slips from its original position around the stomach. To fully understand this problem, you first must understand what happens before the gastric band slippage.
Gastric Band Procedure
When you decide to get gastric band surgery, you will make an appointment with the surgeon. He or she will go over what to expect. Most surgeons are very good at answering any questions you may have about before, during or after the surgery. Be sure to ask any questions you have before surgery, as you may not get the chance after. Moreover, you will want to talk to your doctor about the diet you will have to follow after the surgery.
After you have been checked in, you will be given a general anesthetic. This will allow you to sleep through the surgery. The surgery is going to last a couple hours at the most, but sometimes can be shorter. You will be under the entire time. Incisions are made to allow for the surgeon to work in the abdominal cavity. The cavity is filled with carbon dioxide to allow for the surgeon to work and see. Next, the band is inserted around the stomach, near the top. About a half-cup volume of space is left for food to enter. As this food enters the stomach, it fills this space, and then tells the body to stop eating. This is the feeling of being “full.” This band will need to be the right tension to ensure that gastric band slippage doesn’t take place. The band being too tight or too loose could cause gastric band slippage.
Gastric Band Slippage
Gastric band slippage can either happen anterior or posterior. Which depends on the type of surgery. If you experience abnormal pains after surgery (days to weeks), tell your doctor. These include vomiting or heartburn that is excessive. This may be a sign of gastric band slippage. You will want to have it looked at as soon as possible, as gastric band slippage is important to correct.