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If you had problems losing weight and you had tried many times without achieving it, you are now in the right place. I am here for you, to instruct you and teach you what you need to know about obesity, weight loss and bariatric procedures like gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and more. I’m based in the Dominican Republic and welcome patients from all around the globe to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Thank you for taking this time in the search of options to improve your health. Guiding you will be an honor.
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What Is Gastric Banding Surgery?
The surgeon uses laparoscopy (which involves small cuts in the belly) to place an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach. Squeezed by the silicone band, the stomach becomes a pouch with about an inch-wide outlet. After banding, the stomach can hold only about an ounce of food.
A plastic tube runs from the silicone band to a device just under the skin. Saline (sterile salt water) can be injected or removed through the skin, flowing into or out of the silicone band. Injecting saline fills the band and makes it tighter. In this way, the band can be tightened or loosened as needed to reduce side effects and improve weight loss.
What Are the Results of Gastric Banding?
Gastric banding leads to loss of about 35% to 45% of excess weight. For example, someone who is 100 pounds overweight might expect to lose about 35 to 45 pounds after gastric banding. However, these results vary widely. Gastric banding is considered the least invasive weight loss surgery and also the safest. The procedure can be reversed if necessary, and in time, the stomach generally returns to its normal size.
What Are the Side Effects?
People tend to have few problems as a result of gastric banding surgery. The risk of death due to gastric banding surgery is less than one in 3,000. The most common problems after gastric banding surgery include:
- Nausea and vomiting. These can often be reduced by adjusting the tightness of the band.
- Minor surgical complications. These include problems with the adjustment device, wound infections, or minor bleeding, and they occur less than 10% of the time.
- Unlike gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding does not interfere with food absorption. For this reason, vitamin deficiencies are rare after gastric banding.
WHY CHOOSE US FOR BARIATRIC SURGERY?
We provide pre-surgical evaluations and perform surgical procedures in our main office located at Luis F. Thomén # 457 Dominican Medical Center Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Obesity is a complex and chronic medical disease. From the clinical history and eating behaviors to a series of psychological concerns, our patients are thoroughly evaluated by a multidisciplinary team. Our team uses the latest in research, technology, nutritional, behavioral and psychological support to provide our patients the best possible care.
Due to our experience with all bariatric surgery options, our experts can accurately recommend the best surgical treatment for each patient.