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Gastric Band Poland - All you need to know

Gastric band definition:

Gastric band, also known as a lap-band, A band, or laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) is a device which is placed round the stomach to reduce the amount of food consumed by the patient. The device is created in order to help obese people lose weight. After the placement of the gastric band, the patient starts to feel fool sooner, eats less and as a result loses weight.

Benefits of gastric band surgery:

  • Does not create any malabsorption – all food consumed is digested and absorbed normally
  • No need to cut the stomach
  • The lowest risk for vitamin or mineral deficiencies
  • Fast recovery
  • Minimal scarring
  • Adjustable weight loss

Gastric band candidates

An adult with a BMI of 40, who previously tried to lose weight without surgery can be a candidate for the gastric band surgery abroad. If your BMI does not exceed 40 and you have some health problems connected with obesity, you can also be accepted as a candidate for the gastric band surgery in Poland. You are not a candidate for the gastric band surgery if you are drug/alcohol addicted, or have uncontrolled psychiatric illness. Your expectation towards the results must be realistic and you should understand that losing weight demands lifestyle changes.

Gastric band prices

There are several factors that influence the price of the gastric band surgery. The most important one is the country in which the clinic is located. Poland is the country that has the cheap prices for everything including gastric band surgery. You should understand that the final price is always given after the direct consultation with a doctor in the clinic.  Below you will see gastric band price comparison which proves that the price for this surgery in Poland is unbelieveably cheaper than in e.g. the UK or Germany.

Gastric band abroad price comparison

Gastric band procedure:

Before the gastric band surgery:

Before the gastric band surgery, you will attend the personal consultation with your surgeon, during which he will make all necessary medical tests. If you decide to have gastric band surgery done in Poland, these will be included in the price of the surgery. 5-7 days before the surgery, you will be placed on a liquid diet in order to make your liver smaller, which is needed for the safety of the surgery.

Required medical tests: Abdominal ultrasound, Colonoscopy, blood count (CBC), creatinine, cortisol, electrolytes, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), prolactin and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), Cardiac catheterization, Echocardiogram Electrocardiogram (EKG), Flexible sigmoidoscopy, Chest X-ray, Mammogram, Pap smear, Pulmonary function tests, Pelvic ultrasound.

Gastric band surgery

The surgery is done using laparoscopic techniques, the camera and the band are inserted through small incisions in the stomach. Usually, the surgeon makes 5 incisions, then he places the gastric band (which has a shape of a ring) and clips it around the top of your stomach. The band is connected to a tube which has a port situated above abdominal muscles, still under skin, with the use of this port, the doctor can change the size of the narrow opening by adding or subtracting saline. As the procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and hence you need to stay in the clinic for 1 night, but the next day most patients can go home.

Length of gastric band procedure: 30-40 minutes

Type of anesthesia: general anesthesia

Stay in the clinic: 1 day

Minimal stay for gastric band in Poland: 1 week

Back to work: 1 week

After the gastric band surgery:

For the first 3 days after gastric band surgery, you should have someone who will take care of you. You should follow the instructions of your surgeon, eat small portions and avoid sugars, fats, alcohol, and soda. After the surgery, as soon as possible you need to start walking and exercising, remember that reduce the size of your stomach and calorie intake is not enough to lose weight. One of the most important things that you need to do is keep yourself hydrated (it is advised to drink about 2 liters of water each day).

Gastric band results:

You can lose even 80% of your excess body weight, final results depend on how you follow the diet and exercise plan. On average, patients lose 50% of their excess body weight. Gastric band is a long term weight loss procedure, so if you continue to eat healthy and exercise the results might be impressive. Most patient experience huge health improvement such as remission of type 2 diabetes, resolved sleep apnea and high blood pressure. After gastric band surgery, in order to achieve better results, patients often have plastic surgeries that remove loose skin such as tummy tuck Poland and lipectomy Poland.

Gastric band risks and complications:

Even though gastric band is known as one of the safest weight loss surgeries, it still a surgery and involves some risks. Possible risks are:

  • Infection
  • Damage to organs
  • Migration of implant
  • Deep venous thrombosis
  • Risks associating with anesthesia

Gastric band abroad

If you are qualified for a gastric band surgery in Poland, you should be prepared to come to Poland for 1 week minimum. This time is needed for our doctor to perform all the required medical tests, perform surgery and make sure that the surgery was a success. Spending a night in the clinic after the surgery is strongly advised, then, you will rest in a hotel. After the surgery, you can go sightseeing. Before leaving the country your surgeon will give you contact to the clinic so that you could comunicate with him from home. Should you have any further questions or wish to book an appointment, contact us!

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