Risks and Benefits of Gastric Banding

Gastric Banding Surgery

Gastric banding surgery helps severely obese individuals achieve sustained long-term weight loss and has been demonstrated to lead to resolution or improvement in conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and hypertension. It induces weight loss by reducing the stomach capacity and restricting the amount of food that can be consumed at one time, but it is unlikely that it will interfere with normal digestion and absorption of food and nutrients. As with any surgery, there are both risks and benefits to having adjustable gastric banding surgery. Obesity is a chronic health problem that can lead to other major health issues including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes to name a few. The risks can outweigh the benefits, so you must consider both before you decide to have the surgery.

Benefits to having surgery:

• Prevention of or improvements to medical conditions caused by obesity
• Surge in energy
• Increased life expectancy
• Increased self esteem
• Weight loss

Risks to having surgery:

• Blood clot in a vein (Deep venous thrombosis or DVT)
• Bleeding or infection
• Bowel obstruction caused by scar tissue
• Leakage of fluid
• Adverse reaction to anesthesia
• Nausea and vomiting
• Band slippage
• Gallstones
• Overall risk of death