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Gastric bands - A weight loss journey

From: Weight Loss Surgery Tips,

Gastric bands - A weight loss journey

Have you been trying to lose weight but nothing is working? Do diets leave you hungry and fed up? Famous faces such as current Ultimate Big Brother contestant Vanessa Feltz and Fern Britton have had great results with their gastric band surgery, and it could be an option for you too.

If you have a BMI of under 50 and want to lose weight in a supported, structured and friendly way, then a gastric band may well be the answer you have been looking for.

Laparoscopic gastric banding, sometimes known as "lap banding", is a highly effective procedure to help overweight people achieve substantial and long-term weight loss, by limiting how much food you can eat.

An inflatable band is placed around the stomach to divide it into two parts, creating a smaller pouch at the top which takes less food, to make you feel full. The food then passes slowly through the opening left by the gastric band into the lower part of your stomach. This will restrict the amount of food you eat, and make you feel fuller for longer.

The procedure is carried out laparoscopically under general anesthetic. The surgeon will make five small incisions through which the procedure will take place, which minimizes scarring. At McIndoe Surgical Centre all our weight loss surgery is carried out by specialist bariatric surgeons who are all extremely experienced with this type of surgery.

A network of dedicated team members will see you through your journey from the start, beginning with a consultant surgeon to assess if surgery is right for you, then followed up by a specially trained dietician and weight loss emotional support practitioner, to help and support you on the next step of your journey.

If after a free consultation, you decide surgery is the right choice for you, you will be supported throughout your journey. You will receive further sessions with both the emotional support practitioner and the dietician. These can be extended if needed. We also host a monthly support group for our patients. We believe it is extremely important to have a structured aftercare package in place following a gastric band, as the lifestyle change will need to be followed and continued.

Please feel free to contact McIndoe Surgical Centre for more information.

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Haythem Ali is a General Surgeon with a specialist interest in obesity and laparoscopic surgery, helping patients lose weight via gastric bands and other procedures.

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