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What is Gastric Balloon surgery?

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Gastric Banding - How it Works

What is Gastric Balloon Surgery?

Gastric balloons are an effective, temporary and non-surgical approach to weight loss. The majority of balloons are composed of soft silicone which are filled with a sterile saline solution or sometimes air and inserted into the stomach via a long, thin tube known as an endoscope. The surgery takes approximately fifteen to thirty minutes and is carried out under sedation. The recovery time is rarely more than a couple of days, so you do not have to take too much time from work unlike with conventional surgery.

What is Gastric Band Surgery?

What is a Gastric Band?

A gastric band or lap band as it is also known is a means of making the stomach smaller resulting in weight loss in obese people where their Body Mass Index exceeds forty. It is also helpful in reducing health problems experienced by patients whose BMI is between thirty and forty such as high blood pressure, diabetes and sleep apnea. It is only used if the more conventional weight loss methods of exercise and diet have been tried and have failed.

Getting a gastric band fitted is in many respects a life changing decision for many who have battled with excessive weight gain or obesity issues. As such it requires careful thought and consultation with the relevant medical experts, and some research into the details of it and other alternatives. So, what is a gastric band and what are the costs?

Gastric band surgery

Weight loss surgery refers to a variety of procedures which directly affect your stomach and digestion. By reducing the size or capacity of the stomach, the procedures ensure the patient naturally reduces their food intake, and therefore aids weight loss. These procedures are performed under general anaesthetic and will usually require at least an overnight stay in hospital. Patients are required to have nil by mouth 6 hours before the surgery is scheduled and must arrange for someone to pick them up once they are discharged.

Definition of "Weightloss"

Weight loss, in the context of medicine, health, or physical fitness, refers to a reduction of the total body mass, due to a mean loss of fluid, body fat or adipose tissue and/or lean mass, namely bone mineral deposits, muscle, tendon, and other connective tissue. Weight loss can either occur unintentionally due to malnourishment or an underlying disease or arise from a conscious effort to improve an actual or perceived overweight or obese state. "Unexplained" weight loss that is not caused by reduction in calorific intake or exercise is called cachexia and may be a symptom of a serious medical condition. Intentional weight loss is commonly referred to as slimming.

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