This procedures is performed to cause major long-lasting weight loss, recovery from diabetes and improvement in cardiovascular risk factors. The procedures cause major long-lasting weight loss, recovery from diabetes and improvement in cardiovascular risk factors.
Suitable Candidates for Gastric Banding
- If the patient has a BMI of 35 or more then it means that weight loss management strategies are not working and the patient can be advised for Gastric Banding
- The patients already suffering from hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea are also advised Gastric Banding for weight loss management
- If the patient has an uncontrollable urge to eat leading to rapid weight gain then also the doctors can prescribe Gastric Banding
- Metabolic disorders due to increased weight can also be a reason for prescribing Gastric banding.
Medical Tests / Diagnosis for Gastric Banding
Tests required before performing Gastric Banding are:
- A complete Blood Count
- Urinalysis and a Chemistry Panel
- Chest X-Ray and Electrocardiogram
Some Surgeons may also ask one to get the following tests on the basis of the patient's medical history:
- Gallbladder Ultrasound to look for gallstones
- Pulmonary Function Test
- GI Evaluation
- Cardiology Evaluation
- Psychiatric Evaluation
- Sleep Studies
Gastric Banding Procedure
Gastric Banding is a very safe and non-surgical procedure. It does not involve cutting or stapling of your stomach and hence the risks of infections are very few. The procedure can be finished within one or two hours and the patient can be discharged on the same day from the hospital.
The doctors will make five to six small incisions on your stomach for the laparoscopic surgery.
They will implant a soft silicone ring around the upper part of your stomach so that your stomach can be divided into two compartments
This band is fitted with inflatable balloon which is used to tighten or loosen the band as per requirement.
The band is attached to a soft tubing which is placed under your skin for needed adjustments, hence no further surgery is needed in future to adjust the band. Sterile saline water can be injected through this port to tighten or loosen the band from time to time.
The new smaller stomach created by this band reduces your capacity to consume food and therefore even after consuming small portions of food you will feel fuller.
Your craving for food also diminishes significantly and hence the weight loss procedure becomes easier.
This procedure doesn’t involve surgical opening and hence the risks of infections are very rare. The procedure is easily adjustable and reversible and hence this makes it very safe and risk free.
You can return to your normal routine after a short period of rest ranging approximately two weeks.
The procedure does not alter your anatomy or the food absorption capacity. It is non-invasive, reversible and safe.
The patients can lose 40-60% of their excess weight through this procedure.
After the procedure
Gastric Banding is a quick procedure and does not involve long term hospitalization. You can be allowed to leave the hospital on the same day. The patients can resume their normal activities after taking few days of rest. The patients will be put of liquid diets in the initial phase and slowly graduate to soft foods. Within a month of the procedure the patients can return to solid food. A good exercise regimen with the advised diet can work wonders for the patients opting for Gastric Banding. The doctor on your routine visit can examine the position of the Gastric banding and adjust it as per the need. This will not involve any surgical procedure as the band can be tightened or loosened through the access port placed under your skin.
Factors Affecting the Cost of Gastric Banding Surgery
Some of the following factors may affect your cost of treatment:
The Kind of hospital you opt for
Room –Standard single room, deluxe room, super deluxe room for the number of nights specified (including nursing fee, meals, room rate and room service)
Type of Gastric Band
Fee for the team of doctors (Surgeons ,Anesthetist ,Physiotherapist ,Dietician )
Standard test and diagnostic procedures