Gastric band surgery

Gastric band surgery is one of the most common weight-loss surgeries performed today. It is also known as laparoscopic gastric band or lap band surgery and consists of constricting the stomach to give a fuller feeling after eating less food than the person would normally do.

Those who undergo this type of weight-loss surgery are obese people who want to achieve weight-loss goals while going under minimally invasive surgery. According to Medical News Today, “it is a minimally invasive, quick, reversible and adjustable surgical procedure that decreases the size of the stomach to reduce food intake”.

According to Medical News Today these are some of the advantages of gastric band:

  • Potential for long-term weight loss, which leads to, increased mobility and decreased risk for chronic diseases.
  • Reversibility: the band can be removed and adjusted. Depending on the results the band can be tightened or loosened and even removed if the patient isn’t loosing enough weight or didn’t adapt to the band.
  • Since the stomach isn’t cut, the normal digestive process isn’t affected.
  • Short hospital stay: usually the hospital stay required is less than 24 hours and even same-day discharge is often possible.
  • Lower complications when compared to other weight loss surgeries and less demands of dietary changes.
Gastric Band Surgery
Gastric Band Surgery

Gastric band surgery is appropriate for those who are diagnosed with obesity by medical standards and after several exams. Medical Port developed an exclusive obesity diagnosis program, which includes a thorough examination of the causes of excess weight, includes exams and analysis and consultations from several medical specialties before a final diagnosis is issued. After being diagnosed, the patient starts a diet so that when the gastric band is in place, besides from having lost some weight already, the patient as also gain new eating habits and is ready to stick to a new healthy lifestyle.

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Gastric bypass surgery

Weight-loss from a gastric bypass surgery doesn’t last longer unless the patient takes extra measures to live a healthy life.

The decision to have a weight-loss surgery is a process that takes time and a lot of consideration. For long lasting results it is crucial to take into account the factors that led to the weight gain and prevent them to reappear after the surgery. Surgical treatment of obesity isn’t limited to the surgical act; it entails a global approach to obesity by a multidisciplinary medical team.

Medical Port developed a holistic weight-loss program for those individuals who want to have surgery abroad. Being in a complete new environment helps in the changing process required in these types of programs. This program is for individuals considered obese by medical standards. A simple way to find out if a person is obese is the Body Mass Index (BMI) test. You can take the test hereObese people are considered the ones who have a BMI greater than 35. Although the BMI can be a good indicator, it isn’t the only assessment tool and doctor’s thorough diagnosis is always necessary.

Gastric bypass is one of the many alternatives for a bariatric surgery. It is a procedure where the digestive system is re-routed past most of the stomach so that people digest less food and feel full after eating a smaller portion of what they used to eat.

After the surgery, patients have to embrace a healthy life with better nutrition and exercise as part of their daily routine. Gastric bypass surgery can lead to a great amount of weight-loss in the short term, but to ensure long-term results, Medical Port developed a follow-up program that can last up to 2 years, where the medical team locally and remotely accompanies the patient adjusting the important variables for maintaining the desired weight.

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The journey to weight-loss through bariatric surgery

The decision to go under bariatric surgery isn’t an easy one. From diet attempts to make the decision to have surgery, people struggling with obesity have a long journey.

There are several factors to take into account when deciding about weight-loss surgery, and most of them are about the life after surgery. It is important to clarify all the outcomes of the surgery and how to sustain weight-loss long after the surgery.

Before attempting to have surgery, patients have to recognize they are overweight for a reason and that reason might not be clear or easy to find. Additionally several factors can influence the final outcome but the goal is to have long lasting results. When starting a weight-loss process, people have to set their mindset directed at how to maintain the weight-loss and not regain weight after bariatric surgery, since this is not a procedure that you want to repeat like you do with a diet.

Overweight is a struggle people from around the world have and there are many solutions for it. The long lasting solutions usually start with the right understanding of the origin of the struggle. Medical Port developed a weight-loss program dedicated to those who would like to assess the origin of the condition and learn the best techniques to overcome it, with the guidance of the best professionals in the field. One of the most recognized experts in weight-loss surgery in Portugal is Doctor Ângelo Ferreira, the coordinator of the Obesity Treatment Center of Hospital Lusíadas Lisboa. Here is what Doctor Ângelo Ferreira has to say about bariatric surgery:

“Bariatric Surgery comprises a variety of procedures. The main purpose of the surgery is to reduce the volume of the stomach or the quantity of the food absorbed in the bowel, in order to promote a significant long-term weight-loss. To achieve better results, the client should be self-motivated, psychologically prepared and at all times accompanied by a team of medical professionals. It is expected that the procedure allied with a dietary regime and physical exercise, improve overall health condition, life quality and self-esteem. A continuous follow-up is advisable at all times.”

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