The benefits of Gastric band surgery

There are several benefits to be had from gastric banding but the most important one for many people is that it results in a 50-60% weight loss in the first year after surgery.

In the second year this will slow down and eventually reach a stable level. This is because your body’s metabolism will have adjusted to your reduced calorie level and will regulate your weight accordingly.
If you need to lose more weight then you will have to make some minor adjustments to both your diet and exercise routine. This may mean increasing the amount of activity you do or the intensity.

Gastric banding is a good choice of procedure for those people who are unable to have gastric bypass and because it is less invasive than other procedures, means a quicker recovery time as well.

The overall benefits are:

  • Reversible procedure.
  • Weight loss of 50 to 60% in the two years following surgery. Most of the weight lost is in the first twelve months.
  • Does not require you to take daily nutritional supplements.
  • Low risk.
  • Improvements in or cessation of obesity-related illnesses such as sleep apnoea, heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, fertility problems and psychological health. For the last item, confidence and self-esteem will improve and you will have a more positive outlook on life.
  • Less time spent in hospital (one night) and a speedy recovery time.

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