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How does gastric band work?
Gastric band is an inflatable silicone band placed around upper part of the stomach. Gastric band is connected to a port, which is fixed over abdominal muscle. When gastric band is inflated it restricts amount of food eaten by narrowing food passage. One can lose 50-
Who will I see before my Surgery?
Your first appointment will be with Mr Irukulla, Upper GI and Bariatric Consultant Surgeon. You will then see both the Bariatric Specialist Nurse, Natasha Smith and the Bariatric Dietitian, Deborah Norman.
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Will I have to follow a special Diet?
Yes. You will be required to follow a Pre-
After surgery you will reintroduce food slowly over a 6-
Our Dietitian will discuss both the pre and post-
Are any foods restricted after having the Gastric band?
No foods are restricted after having the gastric band but you will be expected to follow healthy eating guidelines. However there are certain food groups that are known to be problematic and difficult to tolerate. These include bread, rice, pasta, red meat, and any foods with a pith or skin. The Dietitian will discuss problematic food groups with you during her consultation.
What are the risks associated with the Gastric Band?
As with any type of surgical procedure there are operative and long term complications associated with the Sleeve Gastrectomy
Operative Complications include:
Clots in the Lung (Pulmonary Emboli)
Clots in the Leg (Deep Vein Thrombosis)
Complications due to the anaesthesia
Injury to surrounding organs
Long term complications include:
Port site hernias
Blockage of the band
Port site infection
Twisting or flipping of the port
Patients should be aware that success with the band requires major long term changes to diet and lifestyle to prevent weight regain.
Always remember that the Gastric band is a tool to help you lose weight, it is not a cure for obesity.
Is the Gastric Band a reversible procedure?
Yes. It is possible to remove the gastric band once it is inserted. However, it is never our aim to remove the band. If you are successful with losing weight with the gastric band and then have it removed you are likely to regain back all the weight you have lost.
How long will I have to stay in the Hospital?
It is normal to stay in the hospital for 1 night following your surgery
Will I need time off work?
Yes. The length of time you will require off work will depend on your profession. As a guide it is normal to take between 1-
How often will I require an adjustment to my gastric band?
This will depend on your weight loss and the restriction the band is giving you. It will vary from person to person.
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