Laparoscopic Gastric Banding – How It Works

When it comes to the causes of obesity, what are we eating is as crucial as how much we are eating. The size of the stomach is, thus, a crucial factor for weight gain, as the stomach is the storage house of the food and digestion. As per obesity surgeries, larger the stomach, the more food it stores and simultaneously influence how much food we crave for (mostly high-calorie added food) and for obvious reasons, mindless eating and lack of exercise lead us to obesity. Let’s discuss, the exact working principle of laparoscopic gastric banding, a weight loss surgery procedure that works on the principle of restricting the stomach size.

How Gastric Banding Works?

As we eat food, it passes through our food pipe and reaches the stomach. Gradually, it moves along the small and large intestines and finally gets out of the body as waste. The gastric band is a weight reduction procedure that works on the restriction principle. It uses surgical procedures to limit the stomach volume. This method uses a gastric elastic band to tie the stomach, creating 2 sub-compartments. The smaller pouch stays on the top portion and has the capacity of only about 25 to 30 percent, while the larger pouch stays on the lower side.

How It Attain Weight Loss?

After this procedure, we cannot eat as much food as before. In fact, the smaller stomach does not even make us crave for food anymore and we feel satiated with little food itself. It makes this procedure works, both methodologically and psychologically. Over a significant period of time, we keep losing weight while ensuring we never get back to binge eating.

A gastric band procedure is best for people who are overweight. The procedure can be reversed, the gastric band is untied and removed after the desired weight loss is achieved. As the size of our stomach is directly proportional to our belly line and belly bulges, it is crucial to stick to the guidelines associated with this surgery like any other weight loss procedure. Failing to do so, can lead to weight gain again. By following, some dietary guidelines after surgery from the doctors along with some simple exercise can ensure that the results of the lap band surgery stay effective for long, even last for a lifetime.

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However, for people who are morbidly obese, it is often not the most suitable procedure. They should try out other weight loss procedures such as gastric sleeve or sleeve bypass.

Obesity is becoming more and more prevalent, all around the world. As per studies, it is expected to increase exponentially in the next couple of decades. Awareness regarding its timely recognition and management is quite crucial. Laparoscopic gastric band surgery is one of the most common obesity surgery procedures. At ILS Bariatric Care, we offer various weight loss procedures for the people battling with obesity.