What is Gastric Band Surgery?

Gastric band surgery is a serious medical procedure designed for those suffering from sever and long term weight problems. The stomach band is a form of surgery which makes use of keyhole surgical methods and takes around an hour however, patients will require an overnight stay in hospital and full recovery can be in the region of two weeks.

The band in itself is a ring which is fitted around the stomach and then tightened through inflation with a fluid.

This has the effect shrinking the stomach which reduces the capacity of the stomach to process food and hence reduces hunger.

The tightness of the gastric ring can be changed over time to allow greater or lower levels of food intake as agreed between the patient and medical practitioner.

As with other forms of gastric surgery, weight is lost by a reduced feeling of hunger and hence a reduced amount of calories consumed in the first place.

The results of gastric band surgery are well publicised and along with the flexibility of the band, this makes the particular form of weight loss surgery one of the most popular with both patients and medical practitioners.

However, this form of weight loss surgery represents a significant medical procedure with potential long term effects other than weight loss and complications, not to mention the cost. As such, weight loss surgery should only be considered as a last resort when all other options have been tried first.