Gastric band surgery is a form of weight loss surgery. It can provide an effective solution to people who have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise.
How does a Gastric Band Work?
A Gastric band works by giving you a sensation of fullness when eating, enabling you to reduce your daily intake of food and calories. Having a gastric band will help you eat less, progressively aiding weight loss.
The gastric band is placed around the uppermost part of the stomach, dividing it into two sections. Initially, food is held in the first section, making you feel full. Gradually, food passes through into the second section of the stomach and is processed by the body as normal.
The band is fitted during keyhole surgery, which is much less invasive and does not result in the scarring associated with traditional surgery. The band can stay fitted for life, providing a long term weight loss solution.
A gastric band will help you to achieve substantial weight loss and reduce the risk of obesity related illnesses. To achieve the maximum benefits from having the gastric banding, post-operative discipline is an important part of the process. After surgery you are advised to retrieve dietary information through your GP or dietician to support your weight loss.