If you are just starting to look into weight loss surgery, it can feel very overwhelming. There are many different types of surgery and many different places you can have the surgery. The majority of surgeries are done under general anesthetic, and by keyhole surgery. This helps to minimize the recovery time so you’ll be up and about in no time.
The three main types of surgery are gastric band, gastric bypass, and a gastric sleeve.
A gastric band is also sometimes known as a stomach lap band, this is where a band is placed around the stomach and creates a small pouch at the top of the stomach. This is connected to a small device so that the band can be tightened after surgery.
The band can be tightened 4-6 weeks after the surgery and does not need to be done with any anaesthetic. The procedure can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, it varies from a person to person. Because of the smaller pouch created at the top of your stomach, you will feel fuller a lot quicker than before, although making sure to stick to a healthy diet is vital after your procedure.
A gastric bypass is similar to a gastric band in some ways, however, your small intestine is then attached to the pouch, made with staples rather than a band, at the top of your stomach. This is a more permanent version of the surgery, it is also important that you stick to your healthy diet after surgery, in order to recover quickly from the surgery and to aid your results. Certain clinics can also help with the post-surgery diet and will have lots of resources to talk you through the best foods.
Gastric sleeve surgery is a procedure where most of your stomach is removed, therefore your appetite is reduced along with the amount of food you can consume. This can be simpler than a gastric bypass, as it’s a one-step procedure, just the removal of part of your stomach, whereas a bypass is a two-step procedure, to then attached your small intestine.
As with all the procedures, it’s vital to follow the advice of your surgeon and clinic on the next steps after your surgery, involving diet and exercise. It’s important to not do too much too soon or you could end up hurting yourself.
This post was last modified on January 29, 2022 9:49 AM