Quick gastric band abroad facts:
- Standard all-inclusive price – €3908 / £3,515;
- Stay in hospital – 2-3 days (included in the price);
- Performed under general anesthesia; lasts – 40 minutes;
- The procedure is normally performed for patients with Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or above.
Gastric band is performed under general anesthesia and is the least invasive among obesity surgeries. The procedure leads to a long-term weight loss of usually up to 65% of the body weight. Studies show that it also helps to recover from diabetes, cardiovascular problems, hyperlipidemia, reflux disease and significantly reduce the mortality rate which is associated with obesity. Gastric band is a reversible surgery, after which patients recover relatively fast.
However, another bariatric surgery – gastric bypass – is currently considered as a more preferred option for stomach reduction in most of the developed countries. This is mainly due to the fact that gastric band needs constant and continuous adjustments and therefore requires multiple visits to the specialist.
Excess weight loss:
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- Possibly lengthened life span;
- Reduced risk of dying from heart disease, diabetes, cancer;
- Reduction in cholesterol levels;
- Decrease in blood pressure;
- Possibly cured sleep apnea;
- Improved social life;
- Up to 65% of excess weight is lost.
After gastric band abroad patients should undergo a strict diet in order to lose weight and limit complications. A professional dietitian in our hospital will prepare an individual diet for every patient undertaking the procedure.
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The most important thing is that patients have to eat only when they feel hungry and do not eat when they are full. Usually it includes eating more frequently than before (3 to 8 small meals per day). You have to eat slowly and chew well. Drinking is allowed only in half an hour after eating. Usually consuming sweets, fat products, sodas and in some cases alcohol is not allowed. In contrast the patients must eat food that is high in protein and have vitamin supplements. You can read more here.
Weight-loss surgeries involve risks, hence you have to make a considered decision. Most people experience no problems after gastric band, yet in some 10% of cases there are minor complications. More serious complications happen to less than 5% of patients treated. Potential complications include:
- Even though it is extremely rare, in about 0.3% cases the treated patient can die following the procedure;
- In less than 1% pulmonary embolism may occur;
- For 2% of the patients’ treated a leakage of fluid to the abdominal cavity and infection occur. In this case, antibiotics or additional operation are required;
- Sometimes (less than 0.5% cases) the surgery must be converted from laparascopic approach to open procedure;
- In about 10% of the cases ulceration of the anastomosis occurs, which can be treated with medication or a special diet;
- It sometimes occurs that excessive scars can lead to narrowing intestinal diameter and make it hard for the liquids to pass. In this case gastro-endoscopic procedure is required to correct the problem;
- After the procedure the patient can have lack of minerals and vitamins, which can be corrected by food supplements and a well-balanced diet;
- Gastric dumping syndrome may occur, which makes the patient get cold sweat, feel increased heart beating and strange feelings in the stomach.