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.
Questions and answers on gastric banding
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.
Yes, the applied gastric band may be removed at any time.
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.
Surgery takes 45 to 60 minutes.
You may reassume your sport activity after approx. 2 weeks.