Obesity Surgery

Here we discuss the main types of Surgery for Obesity


The Adjustable Gastric Band

The Adjustable Gastric Band was developed in Sweden in 1985 and has been available globally
since 1996.

The gastric band is a soft balloon that is fitted around the uppermost part of stomach.

It does not alter normal anatomy, but reduces the stomach volume (so people feel full with a smaller size meal), and slows stomach emptying (so people are not hungry between meals). It can be adjusted simply, according to the person's needs. The operation is usually completely reversible.


Sleeve Gastrectomy.

Sleeve gastrectomy has become popular due to the simplicity of surgery and the relative lack of need for close follow up. Recent studies have confirmed its effectiveness over the longer term (more than 5 years).
At the operation the stomach is made smaller (so people feel full with a smaller size meal) by permanently removing a portion of the stomach.


Gastric Bypass.

At the operation a small upper stomach pouch is made by stapling the stomach (so people feel full with a smaller size meal). A length of bowel bypasses the lower stomach plus upper intestine, to reduce the uptake of food into the body.














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