Gastric Band Surgery
Reduce the health risks of obesity through Gastric Band Surgery.
Gastric banding surgery involves installing an adjustable silicon band, often referred to as a lap-band or LAGB, around the top section of the stomach. During the procedure, the surgeon adjusts the inflation level of the band, regulating the amount of food consumption in the patient. This is an effective method for treating obesity in patients with a BMI of at least 40.
The FDA has additionally approved using a gastric band for patients with a BMI between 30 and 40, in the presence of an obesity-related secondary condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. However, the procedure is meant to be used only after traditional methods of diet and exercise have been tried. Compared to alternate bariatric procedures such as sleeve and gastric bypass surgery, gastric band surgery is the least invasive, and requires the least recovery effort. In addition, it is the only reversible procedure of the three options.
The Surgeons at miVIP.
The surgeons at miVIP are well versed in bariatric procedures. They are carefully vetted by the hiring board for certifications and accreditations. Many are affiliated with universities, and involved in studies that set the cutting edge of bariatric techniques. Patients can have confidence that miVIP surgeons are among the best available in this field..
What to expect from Gastric Band Surgery.
After the procedure, outpatients can expect to lose about 1-2 pounds per week. This is the recommended level of healthy weight loss by many doctors and professional weight loss programs. Initially, heavier patients will lose even more. A year after surgery, patients have generally lost between 50 and 100 pounds.
In addition, gastric bands appear to encourage improved eating habits in patients. After a patient has reached his or her target weight goal, they are in a better psychological position to maintain their new healthy weight.
Cost of Gastric Band Surgery.
If you are a good candidate for band surgery and desire to move forward, you should contact your insurance to find if they will support bariatric options. We will work with your insurance to get the proper paperwork in order. Once this process is complete, you will be cleared to move forward with the surgery.
Long-Term prognosis and other information regarding Gastric Band Surgery.
Gastric band patients should continue with post-operative checkups. These may involve adjusting the band, if necessary. Although adverse effects are rare, patients should monitor their general health, paying particular attention to such digestive-related symptoms as nausea, diarrhea, and constipation. Any irregularities should be reported to miVIP or your regular physician immediately.
Please feel free to contact us at 855.496.4847. We would be more than happy to answer your questions about gastric band surgery and its benefits for your weight loss goals.