Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much weight can you lose with a gastric band?
You can expect to lose around 40-50% of your excess weight after Gastric band surgery. The outcome of the surgery also depends on how much you adhere to the recommended diet and how frequently you visit your doctor for the band adjustment.
2. Who is eligible for lap-band surgery?
You may be a candidate for lap-band surgery if your Body Mass Index is more than 40 or more than 35 with obesity-related health conditions like Diabetes, Hypertension, etc.
3. What are the side effects of having a gastric band?
You may experience minor side effects like nausea and vomiting, Gastro-esophageal reflux (indigestion, acidity), etc. after the procedure.
The major side effects may include ulceration at the band site.
4. Can I drink alcohol with a gastric band?
It is advisable that you avoid alcohol for at least the first two months after the procedure. Alcohol is heavy in calories and contains no nutrients, so you must be careful of the quantity you intake. It can also increase appetite, which is still another reason to avoid excessive drinking.
5. What can I eat with a gastric band?
Diet plays a very important role after any weight loss surgery and so is the case with Gastric band. Your surgeon and dietitian will advise the diet that you need to follow post surgery.
Though you are allowed to take almost all kinds of food items, you may not be able to tolerate certain foods like pasta, rice, bread, raw vegetables, and meats, and may need to be careful while taking them. The basic premises to be followed are portion control, eating slowly and thoroughly chewing the food, taking frequent, smaller meals, avoiding water or any other drinks 30 minutes before and after the meals.
6. Is a gastric band permanent?
A gastric band, unlike a gastric bypass or a sleeve gastrectomy, does not require any permanent changes to your body, in terms of removing a portion of your stomach or rerouting and stapling your body. It's entirely reversible and can be taken off at any time.