WEIGHT CONTROL VIA GASTRIC BANDING
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The rule is simple: to control weight gain, one must reduce one’s food intake. This is easier said than done. Food temptation is hard to resist and for those who can’t weight gain is inevitable.
 
Obesity is the bane of our modern living, but for those who suffer from such problems, weight loss can be achieved via dieting and lifestyle changes. However, for those with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more and have not achieved significant weight loss through dieting and exercise, a lap band surgery might be a way to help reduce food intake drastically, especially if they are suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension or sleep apnea, which are known to improve with weight loss.
 
A lap band surgery, also known as laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery, introduces an inflatable silicone device that is placed around the top portion of the stomach in order to restrict the amount of food passing through. Gastric banding is performed using laparoscopic surgery and usually results in a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, smaller scars, and less pain than open surgical procedures.
 
Because no part of the stomach is stapled or removed, and the patient’s intestines are not rerouted, he or she can continue to absorb nutrients from food normally. Gastric bands are made entirely of biocompatible materials, so they are able to stay inside the patient’s body without causing harm.
 
HOW IT WORKS

The placement of the band creates a small pouch at the lower part of the stomach. As the upper part of the stomach registers as full, the patient feels he or she has eaten enough, and this sensation helps the patient to be hungry less often, feel full more quickly, eat smaller portions, and consequently lose weight over time.
 
Reducing the amount of food intake is only one part of the equation. Patients must carefully follow post-operative guidelines relating to diet, exercise, and band maintenance, i.e. to say, the band will need to be adjusted to carefully control food.
DR. TAY KHOON HEAN
Hepatobiliary Surgeon

MBBS, FRCS (Glasg), FRCS (Edin), FICS, FAMS

Tay Khoon Hean Surgery
6 Napier Road #08-02 Gleneagles Medical Centre.

Tel: 6471 1221

Website: www.tkhsurgery.com