Keeping weight within appropriate limits is important for all people. Excess body weight is known to be the reason behind many illness and disorders. Body Mass Index (BMI) is an important measure that will let you know whether you are overweight, obese or normal. If you have a higher BMI you are overweight. The ideal BMI is under 25 and up to 20. A BMI in the range of 25-29.9 indicates you are overweight. If it is 35 and up to 40 you are obese and anything above is considered as extreme obesity.

In normal individuals, body weight can be controlled by doing exercises regularly, consuming a balanced diet and by making changes to lifestyle. If these endeavors don’t work, you should seek the help of a doctor. After doing a few tests, your doctor will be able to tell you whether a bariatric surgery is necessary to control your body’s weight. It is not the first thing that doctors generally recommend for their patients. Surgery is considered as the last option.

Bariatric surgery refers to different surgical procedures and is a collective term for them. Gastric banding procedure is one of it. In modern hospitals, doctors use laparoscopy to do a gastric band procedure.

Gastric band procedure is recommended in the following cases.

  • BMI is 40 or higher, or if the individual is at least 45 kilogram more than his or her ideal weight.
  • The patient is at least 18 years and not above 55 (this may change in some cases).
  • Other medically assisted therapies fail to produce the right results and the patient is not responding to dietary changes.
  • The patient has had a history of obesity over 5 years and is willing to make changes to lifestyles.

Gastric band procedure will not be recommended in the following cases.

  • If the surgery poses an unacceptable level of risk to the patient.
  • If the patient has an untreated condition of the endocrine glands.
  • If the patient has ulcers of the stomach or has disease in the digestive system.
  • Has a heart related or pulmonary ailment.
  • If the patient is addicted to alcohol or drug abuse
  • If the patient is mentally imbalanced or has severe cognitive problems


What is Lap Gastric Banding?

What doctors do in a gastric band procedure is place a silicon band on the upper part of the stomach. To place the band in its right position, your doctor will make a small incision near the belly button and using a laparoscopic device the band will be put into proper position. This helps to reduce the size of the stomach, leading to lesser food intake and thereby lesser calories.

The advantage of laparoscopy is that it is the least invasive, takes less time to do and the patient needs less time to stay in the hospital.


Lap Gastric Banding Surgery – Choosing a Healthcare Center

Though gastric band procedure is the least invasive and does not require removing or cutting any organ part, it should be done only in a hospital that has extensive facilities. Besides the surgeons who actually perform the procedure, there are others specialist who need to give a green signal. For example, the patient will have to be cleared by a cardiologist, a dietician and a psychiatrist. This is possible only if the hospital is a multi-specialty center.

In addition, the hospital should also have extensive facilities for conducting tests, taking chest X-rays, blood investigation, kidney function test, liver function test, MRI scans and so on.

At Manipal Hospitals Group all these are available in each of their hospitals located in multiple locations. The Hospital is reputed to have some of the best trained surgeons, paramedical staffs and highly developed laboratories.

To learn more about getting a gastric band surgery, you can contact the hospital online itself or send an email. You are also welcome to visit the hospital and talk to a counselor.