Vertical Banded Gastroplasty -- Laparoscopic Surgery

Vertical banded gastroplasty is surgery to treat obesity . It causes weight loss by decreasing the amount of food you can eat.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of these occur:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site

    • Persistent cough
      , shortness of breath, or chest pain
    • Worsening abdominal pain
    • Blood in the stool
    • Pain, burning, urgency or frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
    • Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
    • Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs; sudden shortness of breath or chest pain
    • New or worsening symptoms

    If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition


    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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    This surgery involves re-shaping the stomach to reduce the amount of food it can hold.
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure


    The surgery treats severe obesity. A calculation called body mass index (
    BMI
    ) is used 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 or severe physical limitations that affect employment, movement, 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
    • Improved movement and stamina
    • Enhanced mood, self-esteem, and quality of life

  • Possible Complications


    If you are planning to have gastroplasty, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Blood clots
    • Vomiting
    • Breakdown of the staples, allowing stomach juices to leak into the abdomen
    • Slipping or wearing away of the band
    • Enlargement of the pouch
    • Irritation of the throat due to acid reflux
    • Hernia
      formation
    • Complications of general anesthesia
    • Death

    Long-term complications include vomiting and gallstones.

    Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications, such as:

    • Smoking
    • Drinking
    • Chronic diseases, such as diabetes