Laparoscopic Gastric Banding

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Laparoscopic Gastric Banding

Laparoscopic gastric banding is one of the most recent forms of Bariatric surgery to have gained popularity because of its inherent benefits. The nature of laparoscopic gastric banding gives it distinct advantages not possible in other forms of surgery. In the years since its introduction in the early 2000s, more and more people are beginning to consider its viability over traditional weight loss surgery forms like vertical banded gastroplasty and Route-en-Y.

In this post, we will talk about the advantages of laparoscopic gastric banding and show why it is truly a revolutionary method that requires serious consideration as the future of weight loss surgeries.

But first, let’s talk about the basics of laparoscopic gastric banding. Just what is it and how do doctors execute it to achieve weight loss?

In layman’s terms, the phrase gastric banding refers to the attachment of an adjustable band around the stomach cavity. The purpose of the band is to restrict the stomach’s movement so it doe not expand too much. It also cuts off a certain portion of the digestive tract in a way as to render that portion non-usable for digestion. This portion typically refers to the part of the stomach nearest the esophageal tract and cardiac sphincter.

The term laparoscopic, in turn, refers to the way surgeons achieve the installation of the gastric band. Instead of cutting the patient open, affixing the band and then closing the patient up, laparoscopic procedures do away with cutting the patient open in favor of small incisions in a process known as laparoscopy. Small incisions in strategic areas allow doctors to insert surgical tools in to perform the surgery. Vision and sight are achieved with the aid of a fiber optic cable with a camera on the tip to allow doctors exactly what they are doing when performing the operation.

So what are the benefits that arise from this method? Here are a few crucial ones.

§ Reduction of Complications - Because it is less invasive, it is less likely to cause complications. The stomach does not suffer from stitches as in the case of stapling or Route-en-Y. The body is not stressed near as much since there have been no deep wounds made that may become infected.

§ Recovery Time -There are no major wounds that need to heal before a patient can resume doing his or her normal activities. For this reason recovery time is shortened to about a month versus conventional procedures that require up to 4 to 6 months of rest and healing.

§ Reversibility - Gastric banding can be reversed by removal of the band when the weight loss goal has been achieved or as deemed necessary by patient and doctor.

§ Lower Cost - No major incisions and shorter surgery time mean no need for general anesthesia. There is also a shortened recovery time in the hospital resulting to lower costs.

Laparoscopic gastric banding holds much promise as the future of weight loss surgery. As doctors continue to refine their methods, there is no doubt that laparoscopic gastric banding will move front and center to become the preferred weight loss surgery in the years to come.