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Even though the initial pouch is about 15-20 ml, or the size of a man's thumb, it is rare to encounter a patient who complains about not getting enough to eat.

Post operative considerations:

Diabetics who have previously been on insulin should be managed carefully with a ‘sliding scale’ protocol to avoid hypoglycaemia. It is not unusual for a patient to drop from 90 units per day to 8 units on the first post-operative day and require no more anti-diabetic therapy after four days.

Patients should undertake regular exercise as soon as reasonable, once their weight drops by 30-40 kg. Fizzy drinks should be avoided and caffeine and cigarettes intake minimised. Your oesophagus should be checked on a yearly basis with an X-ray as the oesophagus may widen or distend if the band is kept very tight for more than a year. Should that occur, relaxing the band for a few months will take care of the problem.

When you consider the possible complications of morbid obesity such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Asthma
  • Sleep apnea
  • Osteoarthritis (Back, hip and knee pain)
  • Stomach cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Pulmonary Failure
  • Immune suppression
  • Reflux (heartburn)
  • Stress incontinence
  • Hernias
  • Varicose veins
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Non-alcoholic steatosis (liver scarring)
  • Hypercoagulable states
  • Increased accident rate
  • Peripheral atherosclerosis
  • Infertility and impotence
  • Loss of the menstrual period
  • Uterine bleeding
  • Depression
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Skin infections
  • Focal glomerulonephritis (kidney failure)
  • Abnormal cholesterol
  • Soft tissue infections
    • .. you can then understand that gastric banding, while it has some risks (that are minimized in the hands of our excellent surgeon working with his strong team) carries a lot less risk than staying obese, or worse still - continuing to gain weight.