Laparoscopic Gastric Banding
Vertical banded gastroplasty is surgery to treat obesity. It causes weight loss by decreasing the amount of food you can eat.
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The surgery treats severe obesity. Doctors use a calculation called body mass index ( BMI) to determine how overweight or obese you are. A normal BMI is 18.5-25.
This surgery is a weight loss option for people with:
- BMI greater than 40
- BMI 35-39.9 and a life-threatening condition, such as heart disease or diabetes
- BMI 35-39.9 and severe physical limitations that affect employment, mobility, and family life
The success of vertical banded gastroplasty depends on your commitment. If lifestyle changes are made and maintained, the benefits of bariatric surgery include:
- Weight reduction
- Improvement in many obesity-related conditions, such as glucose intolerance, diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol
- Improved mobility and stamina
- Enhanced mood, self-esteem, and quality of life
- Reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease (such as heart attack, stroke) and other causes
Last reviewedSeptember 2012by Marcin Chwistek, MD
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