Adjustable Gastric Band surgery involves an inflatable band that is placed around the upper portion of the stomach creating a small pouch in the upper part yet leaving the rest of the stomach in place.
The size of the stomach opening can be adjusted by filling the band with sterile saline which is injected through a port placed under the skin.
The size of the opening is adjusted gradually over time by the surgeon. The band restricts how much food can be consumed per meal. There are a few arguments as to why this treatment does and does not work, but the upside is there is no malabsorption and food is digested and absorbed as it would be normally, meaning no vitamin deficiencies.
The weight loss is lower than the other two surgeries as it is between 40 – 50%. It does not involve cutting or rerouting of the stomach or intestines. It has the lowest post-operative complications of all three operations.
The weight loss is slower, and there is a foreign device left in the body. There is also the chance of band slippage or erosion and other mechanical problems. There is a higher rate of re-operation with this procedure than the other surgeries.
There are also unpleasant side effects if the postoperative diet is not adhered to.
As everyone is unique, you will first have a private consultation with your surgeon to discuss which surgery is the most suitable for your needs and what selfcare steps you need to continue with after surgery.
During your consultation you will need to inform the surgeon of your full medical and surgical history including medications, allergies, mental health and smoking history. Each of these will impact your surgery, anaesthetic and post-operative care.
All surgery is conducted in an accredited hospital, as there is post-surgical care needed for a few days post-surgery.
You will need to make significant lifestyle changes after bariatric surgery, to not only successfully loose weight, but to also keep it off.
You will have to follow the dietary guidelines and will need to take vitamin supplements for life. You will need to increase your physical activity which will be easier to do as you loose more weight.
After surgery you will first start off on liquid foods, this will then change to pureed food before you can eat solid food. You will find that your meals will have to be smaller and that drinking whilst eating will not be possible as your stomach is so much smaller.
Most nonsurgical weight loss programs are based on a combination of diet, behaviour modification, and regular exercise. However, published scientific papers report that these methods rarely resolve severe obesity because they fail to help people maintain weight loss. In fact, more than 95% of people regain the weight they lose within a few years after treatment.
We offer a personalized and comprehensive weight loss surgery program, designed to help you reach your goals. This will include combining the surgery with comprehensive life style modification.