Gastric Band Benefits

The benefits of Gastric Band Surgery are many and include: It is a relatively safe operation; There is no stomach cutting or stapling; It has a relatively low risk of serious complications; There is no permanant altering of anatomy of the digestive system; It is fully reversible including laproscopic removal); It is readily adjustable to patient's needs; and; It requires only a relatively short hospital stay, usually no longer than 48 hours. In addition, Gastric Banding surgery has a profound impact on improving or resolving the most common health conditions associated with obesity. These include: Reduced chances of sleep apnea; Lowered risk of diabetes; Improved joint function; Reduced risk of hypertension; Increased lifespan; Ongoing weight loss, and; A boost of self esteem. Patients can reasonably expect a gradual weight loss for as much as to two years after the Gastric Band surgerical procedure. After Gastric Banding surgery weight reduction is usually slower than that following gastric bypass.  

Gastric Band procedures continue to be a valuable solution for treating obesity, and may reduce several health complications associated with being overweight. Although the surgery does present some health risks, a successful procedure usually outweigh these risks and can mean an increased lifespan, a healthier body and effective weight management for the long-term. Regardless whether you want to improve the health of your joints, enjoy a good night's sleep, or lower your risk of diabetes, Gastric Band surgery may be a valuable way to achieve a state of good health for the long-term.

Gastric Band patients will often need at least 2 to 3 weeks of rest, recovery, and healing before any type of formal exercise program can be pursued. However, light walking is recommended as soon as the following day. After healing is complete, low impact aerobic exercises can be the most effective routines for a fitness program. Gastric Band surgery patients can pursue vigorous exercises approximately 4 to 6 weeks after surgery and most can pursue a variety of activities that increase the heart rate and give all major muscle groups a workout

Ideal workouts for bariatric surgery patients may include: Water aerobics; Low-impact dance aerobics; Step aerobics; Resistance band exercises; Pilates or yoga; Speed walking or light jogging, and; Elliptical trainer workouts. Gastric bypass procedures completely change the natural functioning of the stomach, and various dietary modifications may be necessary after the surgery. Eating pureed, soft, or liquid foods during the days and weeks after surgery is the typical menu plan for most patients, and maintaining a healthy diet may require foods such as: Protein shakes and bars; Fruit smoothies; Soft carbohydrates such as cooked cereals, oatmeal, and rice; Sugar-free snacks; Dairy-free products; Easily digestible whole grains; Pureed vegetables; Soups and stews, and; Steamed fruit and steamed desserts. Weight loss surgery reduces the size of the stomach and therefore eating at regular intervals and eating small quantities of food at is the best way to maintain healthy energy levels. Avoiding too much liquid and food at one time can also prevent discomfort and nausea.

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