Obesity


Lap Band (Gastric Band)

Pre-Operations Tests

Before the procedure, radiologic scanning tests, blood and hormonal tests might be demanded.

Operation Details

The procedure is based on placing a silicone device around the top portion of the stomach which is immediately below the oesophagus so that it creates a volume of around 15-22 cc.

This surgery aims at reducing the volume of the stomach. The basics of weight loss are based on the principle of preventing excess food intake by reducing the volume of the stomach.

The most important feature of the band is that it can be inflated by giving fluid into the reservoir in it. Thus, the width which provides a connection between the small upper stomach and lower stomach can be adjusted easily. The advantage of this procedure is that the amount of food intake can be reduced if the person eats too much, thus an increase in the ratio of weight loss can be achieved.

The reservoir is placed over the muscle layer beneath the skin. Thus, after the surgery, a solution is introduced into the band using an injector so as to increase inner volume of the band, narrowing the passage from upper stomach to lower stomach.

The patient needs a certain amount of time to start eating solid foods. It is no longer possible to continue an eating habit like the one in the past.

Operation time, Hospitalization and Total Stay in Country

Operation time of this procedure is 30-60 minutes. 1 day hospitalization is required for this procedure.  After the discharge, the patient should stay for 3 days in country for doctor controls.

Advantages

  • The procedure is quick. It takes 30-60 minutes.
  • After the procedure, the patient loses 20 – 30 % of weight approximately in 6 months.
  • It is reversible.
  • The banding can be adjusted to increase or decrease weight loss.
  • Malnutrition complications are rare.
  • Hospital stay is very short.