WHY ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BAND?
With industrialization and lifestyle changes, lack of sufficient physical activities shows itself in obesity and other fat-related diseases. The number of fat adults is increasing year by year. In addition to that, depression and lack of self-confidence due to being fat are starting to show up among adolescents and youths. As a result, people unsatisfied with their weight are looking for possible ways to reach their satisfactory weight.
Apart from social issues, obesity has other negative effects and could lead to chronic diseases like bone and joint diseases, heart diseases, and type two diabetes. When a patient suffers from type two diabetes or heart diseases due to being fat, this surgery is recommended. Lap-band helps obese people prevent themselves from overeating. After this surgery, people are able to manage their food and they feel full more quickly. After gastric band surgery, obese people can reach their desired weight and protect their bodies from different chronic diseases.
ARE YOU A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR LAPAROSCOPIC ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BAND?
If you have tried different methods to lose weight but you did not succeed, the adjustable gastric band is a good choice. If your body mass index (BMI) is more than 35 and less than 50, you are certainly a good candidate for this surgery ( calculate your BMI ). The weight loss after surgery is guaranteed, but the rest of the story is totally up to the patient. If you have made up your mind to reach your desired weight and health condition, you are a good candidate for this surgery. For that achievement, you have to make sure that you will follow your surgeon’s recommendation, follow your diet, and exercise. You need to be fully prepared to accept the change in your eating habits and other negative lifestyle habits.
WHAT TO DO BEFORE A LAPAROSCOPIC ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BAND?
Any kind of surgery requires some medical and pre-operative cares. Some pre-op instructions for gastric band surgery are mentioned below:
- Neither drink nor eat anything midnight before your surgery.
- Two hours before the surgery, it is permitted to drink juice or water.
- Make sure that the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band is the best option for you.
- Be in contact with your surgeon and healthcare team.
- If you misuse alcohol or medicine, quit as soon as possible.
- Stop smoking a few months before surgery.
- Consult with a nutrition specialist and follow the diet given to you.
- Take a blood test based on your doctor’s instruction.
- Have an upper endoscopy of your stomach. Do take imaging of your stomach serious.
- Have both psychological and physical tests.
- To have better and safer surgery, make your liver smaller by losing some weight.
- Do not take any sort of medication especially blood-thinning medicines, including aspirin, several days before your surgery, unless your anesthesiologist or surgeon asks you to.
- Use low-calorie meals at least 14 days before your surgery.