You may not be familiar with this word rather laparoscopy may be more known to you. But in this article I will use ‘lap’ instead of ‘laparoscopy’. It is a surgical procedure by which doctors place a band at the upper part of stomach so that the stomach can hold a small amount of foods. The main purpose of this surgery to make you feel full early. The band can control the flow of foods through intestine.
How it is done
Before starting the procedure, you will be given anesthesia so that you will not feel any pain during the procedure continuous. This surgery is done with a device called laparoscope in which a camera is attached to see the inner part of the abdomen.
First, your doctor will make an incision in your abdomen. He will place a camera and some device to operate the surgery. Then he will put a band on the upper part of the stomach to separate the lower part. It is done to make a small and confined channel to the larger part of the stomach. It is not involve with cut inside your abdomen.
Why it is done
Some people do no get any result from dieting and exercise so it is appropriate for those them. Although it is not a sudden solution, rather it will serve you a slow but effective solution. It mainly bring substantial change in your lifestyle. You have to follow a certain diet and workout plan to make the weight loss process quick. People who drinks alcohol must give up after having this surgery.
Some reaction will be seen after having the procedure. But most of them are minor and can be minimized easily.
- Allergy may occur to some people.
- Some people may face breathing problem.
- Blood loss.
- Some organs like lungs, bladder, and surgery area may be infected.
- Some people may be inflicted with stroke or heart attack.
- Sometimes gastric band exhausts inside abdomen that may cause infection.
- You may have gastritis.
- Sometimes access port goes upside down. Then you must need a surgery.
Preparation before surgery
You have to go through some test before the surgery to be assured that you are eligible for the surgery. You need to do some blood test, nutritional counselling, and mental counselling. Most importantly, if you are a smoker you have to stop smoking few weeks before the surgery. If you do not stop smoking, it will hinder the recovery process.
Doings after the surgery
After the surgery, you can go home and do normal activities within 24 hours. But you have to bring a little change in eating habit. Try to eat liquids or mushed up foods for at least 3-4 weeks. After this period, you can go to your normal eating habit. The band is adjustable so you can lose or tight it talking with your doctor. Normally you may have problems in eating or you are not losing weight as you expect so you can adjust the band with consent of your doctor.
I hope that you will lose lots of weight with this surgery. At the same time, this surgery reduces some other health issues related with obesity like asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol etc. so ultimately you will be benefited from many aspects by losing weight.