Am I a candidate for gastric band surgery?
This procedure is only recommended to patients who suffer from severe obesity, and whose body-mass index is over 35. Doctors may only consider it after other forms of treatment have proven unsuccessful. We recommend you to refer to one of our professional doctors for an evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for surgery.
How long will recovery be?
Generally, patients can return to less physically demanding jobs after a week. Most patients can resume their normal activities after six weeks from surgery. A full recovery might occur after 18 months of weight loss.
Will the surgery be painful?
Its normal to feel some pain and discomfort immediately after surgery, doctors may prescribe medication for the pain.
How fast will I lose weight?
Weight loss is a gradual process, and may take longer depending on the patient and their lifestyle. During the first weeks after surgery weight loss is more dramatic, you could loss 2 or 3 ponds per week. This generally slows after 8 weeks. After 18 months weight loss tends to dramatically slow down.
Do I need a special diet?
Doctor will require patients to follow a special diet for the first month after surgery. The diet starts with liquid food, then moves to pureed foods, and then solids in small portions. This is so your stomach can heal properly.
After I lose weight, can I have my gastric band removed?
A gastric band is meant to last for an indefinite time, however, it can be safely removed after weight loss. Most doctors don’t recommend removing it, as some patients could no longer be satisfied with the smaller portions and may start to eat more. We recommend you consult with your specialist to find out what your body needs.