Obesity Surgery in Tunisia
Gastric Band

The gastric band causes a quick feeling of satiety. You will quickly feel full after eating a small amount of food, just enough to complete the top portion (pocket) newly created stomach.

This sensation is caused by stretching of the abdominal wall, nerve fibers that detect and transmit the satiety center in the brain. Satiety may take several hours before you feel like eating another small portion.

 

Recommendation

The adjustable gastric band will help you avoid overeating and reduce your daily food intake (calories). The function of the adjustable gastric band is, by nature, to help you eat less, reduce your appetite and lose your excess weight gradually.

This takes you to lead a healthier life, which will reduce the risk of secondary diseases associated with obesity. However, you should also change your eating habits. Although the adjustable gastric band is a tool to help you achieve a steady weight loss, it is not a slimming device itself. Compliance with dietary and behavioral counseling after surgery is essential to lose weight and avoid complications.

The procedure

The adjustable gastric band was developed in Sweden for nearly twenty years ago (1985) and is used since. Nowadays, most interventions raises gastric bands is achieved by techniques of endoscopic surgery or "minimally invasive" (techniques of laparoscopic surgery).

The principle of placing the gastric band based on the fact that "as with a belt tightening" the higher part of the stomach by wrapping the ring. This constricts and divides the stomach into two sections, like an hourglass. It is not necessary to cut, staple or remove any part of the stomach or intestine whether to place the adjustable gastric band.

From this arise two important facts:

  • First, the installation of the ring is, in general, the operation which mutilates the least digestive, which avoids many side effects associated with other surgical treatments for obesity.
  • Second, in those rare cases requiring further surgery, adjustable gastric band can be easily removed while allowing the stomach to regain its shape and original structure. This is not the case with many other surgical treatment of obesity, where the return to the original anatomy of the stomach or intestine is extremely difficult or even impossible.

The adjustable gastric band is easy to adjust after the operation, which means that the diameter of the ring (tightening of the stomach) can be adjusted after surgery based on the amount of weight you want and lose about your welfare, by injecting or removing fluid via a ring opening (site) placed under the skin. To do this, the patient does not need to be hospitalized and undergo anesthesia or analgesia. If you require a different type of intervention, urgent or not, in future, the ring is not a cons-indication.

After surgery

Immediately after surgery, you will be put on a diet. We will give you a detailed diet program with all appropriate advice from your doctor or surgeon. Similarly, during the postoperative period, you can consult a dietician on the advice of your doctor.

In general, during the first four weeks, you will not be allowed to ingest only liquid food, such as clear soup, tea, coffee, soft drinks and sweetened non-carbonated fruit juices and vegetables, yogurt, etc. .. However, you should limit the amount of liquid consumed at one time and drink less, but more often, rather than large quantities.

For another two weeks, you will consume only small portions of mashed or blended food. Then your system will be gradually replaced by normal foods. Consult your doctor or your surgeon for more information.

These dietary changes are important progressive to allow your body to recover. During this process, the ring will be positioned correctly on the stomach. Consuming large amounts of food or solid food too early increases the risk of dislodging (move) the ring and / or expanding the new upper gastric pouch. This could lead to weight loss and poor, in some cases, the need for further surgery.

You may find it difficult to eat certain foods. Most foods must be chewed more thoroughly before the operation. This mainly depends on the tightness (tight or loose) the opening between the two sides of your stomach, which is directly related to the amount of weight you want to lose. You must be aware that there is no quick fix to your weight problem, even after an operation, and the results of any plan will depend on your ability to follow nutritional recommendations and advice regarding exercise. Therefore, there can be no guarantee of success for each individual.

Representative model

Obesity surgery in Tunisia - Gastric
Representative model of the technique of Adjustable Gastric Band

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