Gastric Banding in Spain

1 clinic(s) offering Gastric Banding (Lap Band) treatment in Spain
Vithas Xanit International Hospital Verified

Xanit International Hospital is the leading private hospital on the Costa del Sol. It is located in Benalmádena, approximately 15 minutes drive from Malaga Airport and 20 minutes from Marbella. We provide complete bariatric surgical care and have the expertise to manage the most challenging and complex conditions. We offer comprehensive evaluations before surgery and follow-up care after surgery.

I am delighted with the treatment I received at the Vithas Xanit International Hospital, not only with my operation, but also with the follow-up that has been done to my daughter, who is also a patient of this wonderful hospital. All the staff of the center and the doctors who have followed my case have treated me with great kindness and have explained at every moment the steps to follow. We visited this hospital before because my wife and I had a medical check-up and we were delighted. Thanks again to those responsible for Patient Care, Nursing, Physicians, etc. for their professionalism and kindness these days. Estoy encantado con el trato que he recibido en el Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, ya no solo con mi operación, sino también con el seguimiento que se le ha hecho a mi hija, que también es paciente de este estupendo hospital. Todo el personal del centro y los doctores que han seguido mi caso me han tratado con una gran amabilidad y me han explicado en cada momento los pasos a seguir. Ya visitamos este hospital con anterioridad porque mi mujer y yo nos hicimos un chequeo médico y quedamos encantados. Dar las gracias de nuevo a las responsables de Atención al Paciente, Enfermería, Médicos, etc. por su profesionalidad y amabilidad en estos días.
June 2018
My visit to the hospital was excellent, not only for the treatment received but also for the professionalism of the specialists who treated me. I have been very satisfied with the service they have given me. Mi visita al hospital fue excelente, no sólo por el trato recibido sino también por la profesionalización de los especialistas que me atendieron. He quedado muy satisfecho con el servicio que me han prestado.
June 2018
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What is Gastric Banding?

Gastric Banding is a surgical procedure, also known as adjustable gastric lap band, which refers to an adjustable band that is placed around the top part of the stomach. The band can be adjusted by adding or removing a saline solution that either tightens or loosens the band.

 

The procedure dramatically reduces the capacity of the stomach to hold food and the passage of food through the stomach is ultimately slowed down. This reduces feelings of hunger so you achieve fullness faster, typically after eating less. It is known as ‘lap band’ because it is performed using a technique called laparoscopic, or “key-hole” surgery. What makes this procedure special is the fact that it is an adjustable and reversible gastric bypass.

 

A Good Candidate for Gastric Banding

Requirements for gastric banding surgery are the same as for any other weight loss surgery. If your BMI is between 35 and 39, then you must also have associated severe medical problems in order to be a candidate for gastric banding. These conditions usually include diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol.

 

If your BMI is greater than 40, it is not required to have associated medical problems.

 

Gastric Banding Procedure

The procedure is performed under general anesthetic using a laparoscope, or viewing tube, permitting the surgeon to operate without making a large incision. During the operation, a hollow adjustable band is fitted to the top part of the stomach, creating a small pouch. The pouch will limit the amount of food you can eat and the band restricts the passage of food through the stomach opening. The band can be later tightened by adding a saline solution into the band. The surgeon will also create an access point, or port, under the skin that will allow the band to be adjusted by adding or removing the amount of liquid in the band.

 

Typically patients spend one night in the hospital for recovery. It is imperative to allow yourself some time to adjust after lap band surgery. Most individuals can return to work in one week and resume all or most normal activities in about 6 weeks.

 

Average Duration of Gastric Banding: The band is usually fitted in 30 to 45 minutes and the total time in surgery is about one hour.