The gastric band is made of silicone and is used by the surgeon in Turkey during the surgical procedure on the upper part of the stomach. As a result, the intake of the amount of food should be restricted, as well as the calories intake is reduced. The gastric band is adjustable in size and contains a saline-filled balloon that helps to reduce the bodyweight.
The gastric band surgery is a minimally invasive technique, which is performed under general anesthesia and with the help of a laparoscopy. Due to the so-called key-hole method, only a few incisions in the abdominal wall are needed through which the band is placed around the upper stomach, thus dividing the stomach into two. The resulting “forestomach” corresponds to the size of a tennis ball, which prevents that too much food is taken. However, the feeling of hunger remains present which means that if the patient suddenly takes a lot of solid food, an uncomfortable pressure in the upper abdomen and throat will arise, which quickly leads to nausea and vomiting.
It is spoken of as a successful therapy when a reduction of the excess weight of at least 50 % is achieved – this corresponds to about 0.5 Kg per week.
- Underweight0 - 18,4
- Normal Weight18,5 - 24,9
- Overweight25 - 29,9
- Obese Class I30 - 34,9
- Obese Class II35 - 39,9
- Obese Class III40+
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.