Laparoscopic Gastric Banding

    About the Treatment

    Laparoscopic Gastric Banding involves placing a band around the upper part of the stomach to reduce the food intake of the patient. Post the surgery the doctor can also adjust the band to aid gradual weight loss in the patient.This surgery is advised to patients whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is above 35. All patients who suffer from obesity and are unable to lose weight through any other means may have to undergo a Laparoscopic Gastric Banding.

  • The treating doctor will advise the patient to undergo extensive testing and screening, to ensure that the patient is healthy.
  • The surgeon shall also study the patient's medical history.
  • Restrictions will be imposed on the patient's food intake.
  • The inclusion of physical activity and exercise
  • The treating doctor will also monitor intake of medication
  • Consultation with a nutritionist.
  • Blood thinning medications may also need to be stopped before the procedure.

Gastric banding is done with the help of a camera called laparoscope. The surgeon makes 2-5 incisions and inserts the laparoscope through these incisions. The upper part of the stomach is separated from the lower part through a band. The surgery takes up to 30-60 minutes.

  • Discharge from the hospital in 1 day.
  • Regular activities can be started by the patient in a week's time.
  • The patient should stay on liquids or mashed food for approximately three weeks post – procedure.
  • The patient may experience nausea and vomiting.
  • Regular consultation with a doctor is essential for a quick recovery

Specialized healthcare provisions and experienced doctors, minimize the risks and complications associated with the procedure. However, a patient should be aware of all possible risks and complications, before undergoing the procedure-

  • Adverse reaction to anaesthesia during the procedure.
  • Post procedure infections
  • Fluid collection or blood clotting, which may affect the lungs.
  • The gastric band may get eroded and need to be removed.
  • Irregular bowels, vomiting and nausea, may be experienced.
  • Body parameters like blood sugar may get affected adversely.
  • Gallstones, damage to the stomach and ulcers can be the long-term side effects.

Dr. Randhir Sud

Dr. Randhir Sud

Chairman - Institute of Digestive & Hepatobiliary Sciences

Medanta The Medicity, Gurgaon

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Dr. V P Bhalla

Dr. V P Bhalla

Director & Senior Consultant

BLK Super Specialty Hospital, (New Delhi)

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Dr. J C Vij

Dr. J C Vij

Director & Head

BLK Super Specialty Hospital, (New Delhi)

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