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A Brief Introduction: What is lap band surgery used for?

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastritic Banding Procedure is a type of weight loss surgery which is also known as lap band surgery.

It is used as as a procedure of treatment for people with cases of excessive obesity. Namely, the cases in mind are those when the person's obesity is so severe that all other methods of weight loss fail. It is in these cases, when the particular type of surgery kicks in as a sort of a last resort solution.

Whether a particular patient is suitable for this type of surgery is determined via a series of screening tests as performed by the doctor. Other tests should include: the analysis of blood tests, gastroscopy and image studies. A number of different specialists may be consulted concerning any of the tests.

So accordingly, in order to inform on the topic, this article takes a closer look a the procedures and recovery time of lap band surgery.

What is lap band surgery?

Fundamentally, lap band surgery is a for of restrictive weight loss surgery. This means that it is a weight loss surgery for the patient who is suffering from an extreme case of obesity.

The procedure is always performed under general anesthesia. The surgery, itself, involves creating a small pouch with an adjustable stoma or a narrow passage in the upper part of the sufferer's stomach.

Then, through the "keyhole" surgical method, a gastritic band device is placed around the patient's upper part of the stomach. This is, namely, the very place where food enters from esophagus.

The previously mentioned procedure is meant to limit the intake of food (that is to say the function capacity) of the stomach.

This is possible thanks to the fact that the device has a balloon which may be adjusted to suite the various levels of feeling full. By this, it is clear that with a prolonged feeling of fullness the patient consequentially takes in less food, which ultimately results in weight loss.

This procedure is minimally invasive, as it doesn't involve the slightest bit of stapling or cutting of the stomach. Patients are normally discharged within 48 hours upon its completion.

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What is the recovery time for lap band surgery?

As it has been noted previously, since this procedure involves a bare minimum of invasion, most patients are discharged within 48 hours (some even within 24 hours) upon its completion. Patients are then to consult their relevant doctors within a week upon surgery.

Another point would be that, since the anatomy of the stomach had been altered, a basic surgery diet is to be obeyed for a certain extent of time as well.

Also, ten days upon surgery, the patients probably won't be able to perform his or her daily activities. Strenous activity is to be avoided for about six weeks or so.

Checkups are normally scheduled on a weekly basis during the first month.

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