What is the gastric band?

I f you are going to offer clients a course of treatment involving the imagining or conceiving of a gastric band it is important that you understand how it works and explain it in clear terms to you client. Clear written and visual information for the client will help them to participate fully in the treatment.

Begin with a good, simple and clear description.

This is how BUPA describes the working of the gastric band “A gastric band works by creating a small pouch from the upper part of your stomach. This can only hold a little food, which means that you eat less because you feel full more quickly. And eating less means you should lose weight. However, to get good results it’s important to make sure that you’re eating healthily, and exercising regularly.

A gastric band is a tube-like balloon that goes around the upper part of your stomach. Your surgeon can inflate and adjust it by injecting liquid into a tube that's placed just under your skin. This creates a pouch of stomach above the band. When you eat, the pouch fills up quickly and the band slows down the movement of food into the lower part of your stomach. Food then travels normally through the rest of your digestive system.

Studies show that people usually lose between half and two thirds of their excess weight in the first two years after a gastric band operation.

Although you can have a gastric band taken out if you need to, it’s designed to stay inside your body long term. Removing the band may cause you to put weight back on.Food enters the small pouch at the top of the stomach. When that pouch is full the stomach sends a signal to the brain saying ‘full’. The patient then does not want to eat any more. The food then slowly enters the main part of the stomach and then into the rest of the digestive system. “