16 August 2008

Gastric Band Surgery requires patient to stay in the hospital. This Procedures may vary depending on the type of procedure performed and physician’s practices. Gastric Band Surgery will be performed while you are asleep under general anesthesia. Before surgery the physician will discuss with you in advance.

Generally Gastric Band Surgery process as follow:
  1. Nurse will asked you to undress and will be given an operatron gown to wear.
  2. An intravenous (IV) line may be started in your arm or hand and an urinary catheter may be inserted.
  3. The anesthesiologist will continuously monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and blood oxygen level during the surgery.
  4. The skin over the surgical site will be cleansed with an antiseptic solution.
  5. For an open procedure, the physician will make a single large incision in the abdominal area. For a laparoscopic procedure, a series of small incisions will be made. Carbon dioxide gas will be introduced into the abdomen to inflate the abdominal cavity so that the appendix and other structures can easily be visualized.
  6. For an adjustable gastric band procedure, a hollow band will be placed around the upper part of the stomach.
  7. This band divides the stomach into a small upper pouch above the band and a larger pouch below the band. This small gastric pouch limits the amount of food that a patient can eat at any one time, and will result in a feeling of fullness after eating a small amount of food.The band will be inflated with a salt solution.
  8. For a vertical banded gastroplasty procedure, the pouch will be created with a line of staples.
  9. A drain may be placed in the incision site to remove fluid.
  10. The incision(s) will be closed with stitches or surgical staples.
  11. A sterile bandage/dressing will be applied.


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