Understanding Restrictive Weight Loss Surgery

The theory surrounding restrictive weight loss surgery is quite simple. Feeling full helps reduce hunger and keeps you from feeling like you’re being deprived. When you feel full, you are less likely to eat. One type of weight loss surgery that helps reduce the amount of food you eat is a restrictive weight loss procedure. This procedure doesn’t interfere with how the body digests food; instead, it reduces the stomach’s capacity, making the patient eat less during a meal.

One such restrictive weight loss procedure is the Swedish Adjustable Gastric Banding, abbreviated as SAGB. SAGB involves creating a smaller pouch in the stomach. This pouch connects to the rest of the digestive tract. The pouch holds approximately 15 to 30 millilitres of food or liquid. The result is a reduction in the size of the stomach and combining this with new eating habits helps ensures that weight loss occurs.

Dietary Restrictions and Guidelines Following the Procedure

When a bariatric surgery is performed, the patient must follow very strict dietary restrictions and guidelines. These guidelines vary from patient to patients and are custom tailored to each patient’s specific health issues. In order to protect their health and realise their weight loss goals, patients must follow the guidelines.

If the guidelines are not followed, the stomach pouch can stretch or the band can slip out of place. Additionally, snacking too often and drinking high-fat or high-calorie liquids can reduce the effectiveness of the procedure can reduce the effectiveness of the surgical procedure. In order to maximise the effectiveness of the surgical procedure, patients should increase their activity level. Finally, most weight loss surgical patients find that regularly attending a weight loss support group can increase their weight loss success.