One of the first question people ask about obesity surgery, or any other form of operation, is whether it's painful or not. Fortunately, gastric banding operations are performed under general anesthetic so you will be asleep during the procedure, and therefore experience no pain.
After a stomach banding operation, patients will probably experience discomfort, and in some case moderate pain. However, is easily addressable with pain relief tablets.
Gastric band patients will typically endure considerably less pain than patients of other forms of bariatric surgery such as a gastrointestinal bypass or biliopancreatic diversion. This is because a banding operation is much less invasive than aforementioned treatment. No stomach stapling or stomach removal is required. And there is no manipulation of the patientís intestines.
Recovery from stomach banding usually takes about two weeks, at which point you should be able to resume normal day to day activities. However, always adhere to the advice of your surgeon. Trying to do too much, too quickly could land you back in hospital.
Whilst most stomach banding patients should experience little or no pain, complications can arise in the days and weeks following surgery. Leaking bands,spasms of the esophagus, and severe abdominal pain are just a few of the possible risks and side effects of the procedure. Unfortunately, when things go wrong, they can be painful. The important thing to remember is that you do feel unusual pain after a banding operation, seek immediatele medical assistance. Early intervention can prevent the development of more serious issues.
Although, major complications can, and sometimes do arise, they are very rare. If you do experience side effects from a gastric band procedure, it is far more likely to be diarrhea, constipation, mild vomiting, or moderate acid reflux.
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