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Gastric Banding Surgery

Updated on September 4, 2008

Who Needs Gastric banding Surgery


Who Needs gastric banding Surgery

Anyone who is over weight can be classed as Obese, or to be more specific, clinically Obese. Obesity is the modern day scourge of the Western World. There are now more people registered as clinically obese than ever before. The United States has the Highest Percentage of Obese People, and the problem is getting worst.

Many Countries in Europe are now also high in the World Ranking for Obese People, and in England it is now becoming a major problem due to the pressure it is placing on the National Health Services.

France Also has it Share of Obese People and there have been many initiative to make people more aware of the problem.

So what can we do about it

Apart from the obvious, obese people could eat less, take more exercise, be aware that they are in fact Obese. All too often we hear that the marginally obese people do not even realise that they are becoming obese until it is far too late. at that point no amount of exercise or dieting will help to get back to normal weight.

So what are the alternatives.

Adjustable gastric banding is a form of restrictive weight loss surgery designed for obese people with a mass Index weight (BMI) of 40 or greater - or between 35 - 40 with those who have co-morbidity's that are known to improve with weight loss.

The gastric banding is an inflatable silicone prosthetic device which is placed around the top portion of the stomach via keyhole surgery laproscopic surgery

Theory of gastric banding. The placement of the band creates a small pouch at the top of the stomach which holds approximately 50mls. This pouch 'fills' with food quickly and the passage of food from the top to the bottom of the stomach is slowed. As the upper part of the stomach believes it is ‘full' the message to the brain is that the stomach is full and this sensation helps the person to eat smaller portions, eat less and therefore lose weight over time.

The band is inflated /adjusted via a small access port placed just under the skin. Radio opaque isotonic solution or saline is introduced into the band via the port. A specialized needle is used to avoid damage to the port membrane. There are many port designs and they may be placed in varying positions based on the surgeon's preference. The port may be sutured in place. When fluid is introduced the band expands placing pressure around the outside of the stomach. This decreases the size of the passage in the stomach and restricts the movement of food.

Over a period of time, restriction is increased until patients feel they have reached a "sweet spot" where optimal weight loss can be reached with the minimal fluid required. This is an individual experience and timing cannot be predicted.

So where do we get gastric Bands

The answer to that is quite simple. Your First point of call is your own GP or Doctor. He May be able to advise you on any alternative treatments before you Place yourself under the knife so to speak.

He may be able to recomend a local specialist or a specialist surgeon in your area.

Cost Of gastric banding Surgery

It all depends on where you live. In the USA your Choices are endless. Just ype in Gastric Band surgery + your state and you will find plenty...

However if you live in Europe, especially the UK, you need to be a little more carefull in your choices. The Price variations can be astonishing..

Here is a little tip if, if you live in the UK, Ireland, Scotland, or Germany then it will definately cost you less if you are prepared to go to FRANCE.

Why France ? Well the main reason is that the prices are controled to a certain extent by the Government. The French health System is a Hybrid State Conrolled and Private Affair, and for that reason the prices are kept artificially low due to the pressure the government places on the Surgeons and Clinics to keep the cost of the French national health System down.

Also the Surgeons who work in Cosmetic Surgery clinics are all highly qualified in the subject because of the Registration requirements of the French General Medical Council.

This all ensures that the Hospital, the Surgeon and the service in French Hospitals is all First class, with the added bonus that the Cost of Gastric Band Surgery is almost guaranteed to be less in France.

Even if you live in the USA or Canada you can still save on the overall cost. With the Saving on the cost of the gastric Band surgery you can take a two weeks vacation in France and still come out ahead on the cost of gastric Bnad surgery.

For UK Clients Trips to France are relativly easy and VERY cost effective. you will save over 50% on the cost of the surgery by just popping over the channel.

I found one Company that is Based in France but Specialise in organising All types of Cosmetic surgery and gastric Band Surgery for UK clients. They will take care of everything for you. The Prices they Quote will in most cases include hotel accomodation for you and a partner..They find the best Hospital for your situation, Arrange the appointments with the Surgeons, Arrange Hotels and offer advice and assistance at all stages of the Process. Now that has to be a good offer.

Here is the Link to their website where you can get all of the information you need.


by Geoff Lord


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    • lloydh profile image

      lloydh 10 years ago

      amazing the length people will go to but it does work without a doubt my friend had it done and lost a mass of weight.

      He is the mechanic on

    • MrMarmalade profile image

      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      There are a few people wondering, if Australia will tip over on it self by carrying too many obese people. What would happen if they all came a looked at the Opera house in Sydney all at once?

      Just joking