Laparoscopic adjustable

gastric banding

What is Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding?

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding or LAGB as it is called is primarily bariatric surgery. It’s carried out like any other Laparoscopic surgery by making small incisions. The surgeon puts a small adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach which makes the stomach pouch smaller, as a result of which the consumption of food goes down and in turn results in weight loss.

Who needs Laparoscopic adjustable

gastric banding surgery?

People with obesity issues, abnormal weight gain, with BMI over 40 need this procedure in order to manage their weight.

How is the procedure carried out and

how should one prepare for it?

The procedure takes around 30 to 60 mins and is carried out under the influence of anesthesia. Small incisions are made in the upper abdomen area and the surgeon inserts a Laparoscope (Laparoscope is a small tube with camera at the end of the tube) once the surgeon gets a proper visual of the stomach, other surgical instruments are inserted through the incisions and an adjustable band is put around the upper stomach pouch.

If the patient is taking any other medications like blood thinners, diabetic medicines etc, the doctor will ask them to avoid taking them before the surgery. If the patient has the habit of smoking or consuming tobacco in any other form then he or she would be advised to give it up as the consumption of tobacco would hamper the recovery process post the surgery.

What is the road to recovery and

how long does it take and what are the benefits?

  • Since the incisions made during the procedure are very small the recovery time is faster.
  • the patient might be discharged the very same day if all his vitals are normal
  • Studies have shown that the subjects loose up to 40%-50% of excess weight post-surgery.
  • The procedure is reversible and hence does not cause any disturbance in normal anatomy.
  • The pain of surgical wounds post-surgery is minimal when compared with an open procedure and the recovery is also quick.
  • Within 2 to 3 weeks the patient can return to normal activities.
  • The doctor may ask the patient to get blood work and various exams to be done to monitor their health during the first few weeks of the recovery process.
  • As far as eating goes initially the patient has to follow special diet starting with a diet plan that changes from liquid food to pureed dishes. After this the patient can start eating softer food and then move on to eating normal food as the tolerance increases.
  • During the recovery process the doctors will prescribe multi vitamin and multi mineral tablets to bridge the nutrient gap and aid recovery. The prescribed vitamins and minerals may include iron, calcium and vitamin B12.
  • Under the able guidance of Dr. Kiran K J the patients will make good progress during the recovery process, as they will be monitored continuously by his team and problem will be reported to the doctor directly.

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