Looking to solve your obesity and its related health issues once and for all? We know it can seem difficult, if not impossible, to achieve that end result. But it doesn’t have to be. With an effective, innovative and safe procedure such as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, your body and your life can be entirely transformed. Here, you’ll learn more about the procedure, its benefits, how it works, and everything else you need before deciding to take that next step.
Pennsylvania Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band
What is Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding?
The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band procedure utilizes, as you might expect, an adjustable band which is placed around the stomach. In this way, a small section of the upper stomach, approximately 30 mls in size, is segmented with only a narrow opening allowing for the passage of food in between. This places a great restriction on the quantity of food which can be comfortably eaten, and this in turn can produce dramatic weight loss.
Here comes the adjustable part — after the procedure, an access port connected via tubing to the band may be utilized for ongoing adjustments. The access port works by either inflating and tightening the band, or loosening the band by deflating, via the injection or removal of the band’s internal fluid, respectively.
The Tristate New York Bariatric Group nearly-exclusively practices the Endoflip technique in conjunction with adjustable gastric banding, which produces even superior results.
Benefits of the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band
Typical results with laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding may include a weight loss of up to 50-60% of your excess weight in a period of two years. That is a life-changing, transformative figure.
Many patients are concerned with losing that weight initially only to gain it back. If that’s a concern you share, then rest a bit easier knowing that in a study which analyzed 200,000 patients for a period of up to 15 years, average maintained weight loss was roughly 60 lbs throughout that time period.
Defeating your obesity problem can not only transform your life, but it could save and extend your life. Another study showed that middle-aged, obese adults died an average of 7 years earlier than those who maintained healthy weights. Obesity also increases the risk of death across all causes by 20%.
Further, with laparoscopic gastric banding, there are no permanent physical changes being surgically made. It is of course not only adjustable, but removable.
What to Expect During & After your Procedure
A step-by-step overview of the actual procedure includes:
- Receiving general anesthesia prior to the procedure
- Via laparoscopic techniques, only minimal keyhole incisions are utilized
- The band is placed around the stomach’s upper portion, and the connecting tube and access port are placed
- The tools are removed and the wound is closed
- The procedure can typically be done in less than one hour
With such a quick and minimally invasive procedure, most patients do not need to even spend a single night in the hospital. You’ll received detailed at-home care instructions and guidelines. Light activity can resume within several days, while a week should be taken out of the office.
New York Bariatric Group of Pennsylvania - Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery
What is the cost of Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery in Pennsylvania?
Today, most major insurance companies provide coverage for adjustable gastric banding in Pennsylvania for obese patients. This can still be daunting to navigate, so we’ll provide you with assistance during this process. If you’re unable to obtain the coverage you need, we also have financing plans available to ease the monetary burden of an important, life-saving procedure.
I am ready to change my life, what’s next?
The Tristate New York Bariatric Group can help you change your life. When you choose our renowned team of experts and industry leaders, you can be confident that you will defeat obesity, improve your life, and be healthier than ever.
Call 800.633.8446 today, and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions, or to schedule your initial consultation appointment so you can finally take that very first, exciting step.
What Risks are there to this Procedure?
One of the great benefits of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is that it has comparatively fewer risks than alternative procedures. Risks to be aware of include:
- Band erosion or slipping
- Band or port infection
- Pouch dilation
- Food bolus obstruction
- The need to undergo a revisional procedure
- All risks inherent with surgery and general anesthesia
Is there a special diet after the Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery?
Our expert staff will consult with you and guide you through your new dietary regulations and needs. Post-surgery, a three-phase plan will be put in place which brings you through distinct two-week stages of your diet, from liquids only, to the addition of soft foods, to the incorporation of a greater number of regular foods.
It’s important to note that unlike gastric bypass or gastric sleeve, you can cheat the system a bit easier with the adjustable gastric band. Therefore, it’s essential that you stay on track and follow our recommended dietary guidelines.
One unique benefit to choosing the Tristate New York Bariatric Group for adjustable gastric band surgery in Pennsylvania is that we have a robust, comprehensive bariatric support program. This includes everything from patient education, to pre- and post-surgery appointments, support groups, and mentor programs. You’ll also be able to shop through our online store to find doctor-recommended food choices which have been specifically tailored to your dietary requirements.