Gastric band surgery in Turkey encompasses putting a ring around the stomach to lessen its volume. The ring is set around the top of the stomach, delineating a small pocket called “gastric pouch”. Few foods are enough to fill it, so satiety is felt quickly, reducing food intake. This is the principle behind the expected weight loss.
The diameter of the gastric banding is adjustable thanks to a silicone tube connecting it to a subcutaneous control box. The ring can be tightened or loosened by injecting a liquid through the skin.
Unlike the sleeve gastrectomyor the bypass, gastric banding has the advantage of being reversible. Unlike the bypass, it does not lead to improper absorption of nutrients. So, the risk of dietary deficiencies is less.
A preparatory phase of several months systematically precedes the operation in Turkey. The patient meets various specialists such as the surgeon, nutritionist, dietician, psychiatrist or psychologist, anesthesiologist, and so on.) and passes various examinations like blood tests, eso-gastro-duodenal endoscopy , X-rays, evaluation of respiratory and cardiac function, pregnancy test, and oral evaluation.The rationale behind this health check is to detect possible pathologies (nutritional or vitamin deficiencies, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart problems, sleep apnea syndrome or other respiratory problems, or joint disorders). Added to that, there is a review of eating habits and physical activity. Before the operation, it is indeed important to change one’s eating habits and to think about an appropriate physical activity. The multidisciplinary team can accompany the patient in these steps. Finally, a psychological assessment is carried out with, if necessary, a treatment of a psychotherapist.
At the end of this preparatory phase, the medical team gives its opinion:
Gastric band surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, usually by laparoscopy. It lasts about an hour.
The hospitalization lasts 2 to 3 days, a minimum of 2 weeks' absence from work is prescribed. Painkillers are prescribed to relieve pain.
During the first few days after the procedure, the feed must be liquid and then in the form of puré. Gradually, a solid diet can be reintroduced with new eating habits, to keep for life:
The weight loss is rapid in the first months, maximum after 12 to 18 months, and then it slows down. The expected loss is about 45-65% of the excess weight, or a weight loss of about 20-30 kg for a person of 1m70 with a BMI of 40. With this weight loss, the diseases related to overweight must logically regress.
This follow-up is carried out by the multidisciplinary team, in conjunction with the physician, 4 minimum consultations in the first year with a member of the multidisciplinary team and at least 1 consultation per year. This follow-up has different objectives:
In fact, personal commitment is crucial to the success of the intervention.
The cost of gastric banding that is proposed by Turquie santé cannot be changed. You will only pay the amount stated in the quote. This price includes the fees of the surgeon and the anesthesiologist, the costs of the clinic and the stay in a 5-star hotel.
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