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    What is gastric banding?

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  • Helen Bauzon , Leading Bariatric Dietitian, Author, Inspirational Speaker and T.V Presenter, has worked in the area of bariatric nutrition since the year 2000.  Most … View Profile

    Gastric Banding is one of a variety of weight loss surgeries available. The purpose of the gastric band is to help you feel fuller for longer on a smaller amount of food.  The band itself is placed very high up on the stomach just below the oesophagus.

    I have created a youtube video which will help you understand the gastric band better which also provides an over view of the dietary stages. There are two clips  to view.

    n important note to aknowledge is that the gastric band demands a large degree of compliance by the individual to eat well and be physically active as the gastric band can be cheated very easily. Chocolates, cakes etc pass through the gastric band easily. Weight gain can and ofetn occurs with the gastric band. Alternatively fresh fruit and vegetables as an example require an enormous amount of chewing or they will get blocked before the gastric band which is quite uncomfortable.

    For your dietary advice, it is highly recommended you are monitored and advised by an experienced bariatric dietitian

    Helen Bauzon

  • Arlene is a registered practising dietitian, with a private practice in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, and has built a strong business over the last … View Profile

    Gastric banding is surgery to help with weight loss. The surgeon places a band around the upper part of your stomach to create a small pouch to hold food. The band limits the amount of food you can eat by making you feel full after eating small amounts of food.
    After surgery, your doctor can adjust the band to make food pass more slowly or quickly through your digestive system.
    Due to the fact you can eat less and get less hungry weight loss is more easily successful.

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