How does gastric banding work?
Gastric banding works by slowing the transit of food through the stomach. This delivers a number of benefits, for example:
- The amount of food you are able to consume at one time is reduced,
- Overeating is prevented as it’s difficult to consume large amounts of food at any one time,
- The gastric band promotes a feeling of fullness and helps to maintain it over longer periods of time,
- A gradual loss of weight and an increased ability to keep it off is the culminating result of the above benefits.
Any patient seriously considering a gastric band however, needs to be aware that the band is just one-piece of the weight-loss puzzle. A band can only be effective when a person is willing to completely transform the way that they eat.
A lap band is part of a much larger solution which involves the adoption of better eating behaviours such as eating slowly and chewing well. New habits that will in fact facilitate weight-loss in their own right.
With a gastric band and a new approach to eating, the average person will lose 56% of their excess weight and maintain this outcome for at least 3 years.
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