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Gastric Band Poland - FAQ

What is gastric band?

Gastric or laparoscopic adjustable gastric band is the device that placed around the stomach in order to make 2 parts of it. The upper part becomes small, as a result, it limits the stomach’s capacity to intake food and increases the feeling of fullness.

What is gastric band made of?

The gastric band is made of solid silicone. The device consists of 3 parts the band (placed around the stomach), the port (placed above the abdominal muscles but under the skin) and the thin length of tubing that connects the band to the port.

Who is a candidate for gastric band surgery abroad?

The one who has Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more is a candidate for gastric band surgery in Poland. If your BMI is lower but you have health problems related to obesity, you might also be a candidate. The decision if you are a candidate or not, only the doctor can make.

What happens during gastric band surgery abroad?

Gastric band surgery is performed using laparoscopic techniques. During the surgery, the doctor makes 5 small cuts through which he inserts the band. The band is placed and clipped around the top of the stomach, then the doctor connects it to the port, which controls the size of the narrow opening. Surgery lasts 30-40 minutes and is done under general anesthesia.

How much weight will I lose?

The amount of weight varies from patient to patient. In general, patients lose 50% of their excess body weight. If you eat healthy and exercise regularly, you may lose 80% of your excess body weight. Your final results depend on you.

Can I have gastric band removed?

Yes. The band can be removed surgically if desired. Or the doctor can simply remove all the saline from the band which means that the band can no longer affect your stomach or your digestive function.

How long will I be off work after gastric band surgery in Poland?

It depends on what type of work you have. In general, 1 week after the surgery a patient can go back to work. The time you can go back to work will be discussed with your doctor during the consultation.

How long does it take to recover from gastric band abroad?

As during the surgery, general anesthesia is used, it is advised to spend 1 night after the surgery in the clinic. 1 week after the surgery, most patients can go back to work. As soon as you feel well, you should start walking and light exercises, but more serious physical activities should be restarted in a month after gastric band surgery in Poland.

Will my food still be digested normally after gastric banding is performed?

Yes. Gastric band does not make changes to your digestive system, and all consumed food is digested and absorbed normally.

What is a band adjustment?

Adjustments are made by adding or removing fluid from the band, this is done through the port that is placed above the abdominal muscles, but under the skin. It allows the doctor to control your weight loss process and makes gastric band a long-term weight loss procedure.

Will I need to take vitamin supplements?

One of the biggest advantages of gastric band procedure is that it does not make any changes to your digestive system, it means that your body will be able to absorb vitamins from food. However, to help you recover, the doctor might prescribe you some vitamins (B12, folic acid and iron).

What scars will I have after gastric band surgery abroad?

Today, gastric band is performed using laparoscopic techniques, and scarring is minimal. The surgeon will make 4-5 incisions 1 cm wide during the procedure they are normally healed in 10-14 days. The scars should fade gradually.

Will I need plastic surgery for the excess skin after gastric band surgery abroad?

It’s up to you. The amount of excess skin, you will have after the gastric band surgery, depends on your weight loss, age, and habits. If you decide to have plastic surgery to remove excess skin, we advise you to come to Poland, where our professional plastic surgeons can provide you with high-quality tummy tuck in Poland or lipectomy in Poland at affordable prices.

What is the pre and post-op diet?

At least 5 days you need to follow a low-calorie diet. This is needed for a number of reasons, it reduces fat around the stomach and liver, it shrinks the size of the liver and as a result, your surgery becomes safer. After the surgery for 2 wee, s all of your food should be blended. Also, you need to stay hydrated and drink between 1.5 to 2 liters of water each day (roughly 6 to 8 cups).

How long should I stay in Poland after gastric band surgery?

To have the gastric band surgery done in Poland, you need to stay in the country for 1 week. Usually, the first day you will have the consultation and medical tests, the next day the surgeon will perform the surgery. 1 night after the surgery, we advise you to stay in the clinic, in order for our doctors to take care of you, as you may experience some confusion, disorientation, or difficulty thinking clearly after general anesthesia. The rest of your stay you can spend at the hotel, and go sightseeing. On the third day after the surgery, you will have a check-up, during which the doctor will check if everything is ok with the band, provide you with all the instructions concerning your recovery, and give you his contact information.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our consultants!

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