Will a gastric band work for me?

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Well, it’s impossible to be sure whether a band will work for you and in clinic last week I saw a lady who was very concerned about this question. It’s perfectly natural as the investment in a band is a big one for anyone with what might be considered a normal income.This lady was unsure whether or not she could work with a gastric band

I always welcome this conversation because it means the person on the other side of the table is very serious about their success and want to maximise their chances of a good outcome. We spent a good 30 minutes or so talking about the things that are required for success, they are:

  • Build your new diet based on the textures of the food you’ll eat (food texture is vital)
  • Plan how to change your eating habits – decide how you will change meal times in a real and meaningful way
  • See if you can plan to spend a little more time each day on your feet so as to increase the calories you use every day (another 50 or 100 calories used per day mounts up over a year).

The lady asked ‘Wouldn’t I be successful if I did these things anyway without having a band?’. The answer is probably not, because it’s the band that induces the early feeling of fullness on a smaller portion. That doesn’t happen without the band. I also explained that 85% of gastric band patients successfully lose weight and that all of those people were unable to manage their weight without a band.

So, we know that most people who have a band are able to make the diet and eating habit changes that are demanded for success.After suggesting she go away and think about it I was told by another member of the team that she had decided to go ahead. She was doing so with confidence as she had made a personal plan for life after the band. This is a smart way to approach things and one that all new patients would be well advised to consider.

Van Patel

Van Patel

Van is an expert dietician and is committed to guiding bariatric surgery patients throughout their journey

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