Vertical Banded Gastroplasty -- Open Surgery
Vertical banded gastroplasty is surgery to treat obesity . It causes weight loss by decreasing the amount of food you can eat. This is only one type of weight loss surgery. It is currently a less common choice, but still may be suited for some.
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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
, 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
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Vertical banded gastroplasty is surgery to treat
. It causes weight loss by decreasing the amount of food you can eat.
The Stomach This surgery involves re-shaping the stomach to reduce the amount of food it can hold. Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.
This is only one type of weight loss surgery. It is currently a less common choice, but still may be suited for some.
What to Expect
Reasons for Procedure
The surgery treats severe obesity. A calculation called body mass index (
) 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
If you are planning to have gastroplasty, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Blood clots
- 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
- Complications of general anesthesia
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:
- Chronic diseases, such as diabetes