Extreme obesity is widely spread. Life quality is reduced to a large extent, and several diseases may be generated by the excessive weight (e.g. cardiovascular diseases or blood pressure, diabetes).

If former treatments have not achieved the desired success, gastric banding may be an effective solution to lose weight substantially.

This procedure places an adjustable band of silicone around the upper part of the stomach. Thereby, the stomach is constricted into two parts. The upper pouch has less volume than the lower part (residual stomach). The expansion during food uptake rapidly induces satiety. The gastric band may be individually adjusted by adding or removing a saline solution through a port.

The gastric banding is done in general anesthesia.

Short information
Duration of surgery Approx. 45 minutes
Kind of anesthesia General anesthesia
Method Minimally-invasive, laparoscopic
Sports possible after Approx. 14 days

Questions and answers on gastric banding

What is a gastric band?

A gastric band is a band of silicone which is put around the stomach. Thereby, the stomach’s capacity is clearly reduced and a feeling of satiety occurs quickly.

Is the gastric banding reversible?

Yes, the applied gastric band may be removed at any time.

What risks are there?

The gastric banding is a routine procedure for obesity. However, in some obese may have a higher risk in surgeries, due to their physical condition (e.g. cardiovascular problems or respiratory impairment). In every surgical procedure, bleedings or injuries may occur. After surgery, wound healing may be slow or infections may occur.

How long does the gastric banding procedure take?

Surgery takes 45 to 60 minutes.

When can I do sports again?

You may reassume your sport activity after approx. 2 weeks.

When is gastric banding recommended?
If none of the former conservative weight loss methods led to the desired success, the adjustable gastric band is a sensible and particular effective treatment method.
Do I have to keep a specific diet afterwards?
The gastric band is a supportive treatment against obesity. Your discipline is required to remain successful by dietary changes. The regular use of high-caloric or fattening food should be avoided.
Which weight loss can be expected?
An average weight reduction of approx. 50% of the excess weight can be expected with the gastric band.
How long will the gastric band remain in the body?
If no problems with the gastric band occur over time, it may remain in the body for the rest of your life. Without a sensible diet, removal of the band may reverse the results.

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