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A Gastric Band Surgery is carried out to lose weight by reducing the amount of food the stomach can hold by placing an adjustable band around it and is considered as the safest weight loss surgical procedure available. Gastric Banding, commonly known as Lap-Band Surgery is fast becoming a very popular weight reduction surgery with changing lifestyle of people and the surgical options becoming more popular to reduce weight. Gastric Band is a good option for people suffering from obesity and other illness arising due to large body weight which they are not being able to reduce normally.

The Gastric Banding procedure is performed with the help of laparoscope. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and 4-5 small incisions are made in the abdomen through which laparoscopic instruments are inserted. The stomach is divided into two parts with the help of a silicone ring called as the gastric band. The gastric band is placed around the upper small portion of the stomach and with the help of sutures, is set into position. The gastric band is connected to a small tube and access reservoir which can be used to increase or decrease the amount of fluid from the band. The upper smaller portion would carry a small quantity of food and the person would feel fuller for a longer period of time, hence reducing the food intake in the body which leads to loss of weight.

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 1-2 hours to perform. The patient, immediately after the surgery, may feel some pain and discomfort which can be controlled with proper medication. Most of the patients are discharged the very same day of the surgery and are able to begin their normal activities after a day or two. The patients are advised to stay on liquid diet for 2-3 weeks post-surgery and take proper medication. The gastric band so attached can be tightened or loosened after the surgery if the patient is witnessing health problems due to it. The weight might tend to fall dramatically in the following weeks but would fall slowly after a while.

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