Gastric Banding Surgery for Weight Loss

 

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is a surgical procedure that involves the placement of an adjustable belt around the upper portion of the stomach using a laparascope. The band is made of silicone and can be tightened by adding saline to fill the band (like blowing air into a doughnut-shaped balloon). The band is connected to a port that is placed under the skin of the abdomen. This port is used to introduce or remove saline into the band.

LAGB ultimately restricts the size of the stomach and the amount of food it can hold. It also slows the passage of food to the intestine. By doing so, signals to the brain from the gut allow for a sensation of fullness and satiety with the consumption of less food. This signal is sent from a small pouch created by the band in the upper stomach. When the pouch fills, the same signal is sent to the brain that occurred previously when the entire stomach filled.

Recovery varies with each individual. However, in general, LAGB  offers a shorter hospitalization and quicker recovery . In general, most people can   return to work 1 week after surgery (if their job is not too physically demanding). Normal activity can usually resume after 6 weeks.

Diet After Weightloss Surgery


Gastric bypass surgery is one of several weight-loss surgeries currently performed.The procedure in use today is called the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.Diet recommendations after gastric bypass surgery vary depending on where the surgery is performed and your individual situation.Protein may be the most important of these foods early after surgery.Your body needs protein to build muscles and other body tissues, and to heal well after surgery.
Low-fat protein choices include:

  • Skinless chicken
  • Lean beef or pork
  • Fish
  • Whole eggs or egg whites
  • Beans
  • Dairy products

After gastric bypass surgery, your body will not absorb some important vitamins and minerals.You will need to take these vitamins and minerals for the rest of your life:Multivitamin with iron,Vitamin B12,Calcium