Vertical Banded Gastroplasty—Open Surgery

(Stomach Stapling; Bariatric Surgery; Weight-Reduction Surgery)

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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This is only one type of weight loss surgery. It is currently a less common choice, but still may be suited for some.

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:

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