WHY CHOOSE GASTRIC SURGERY WITH US IN SERBIA?
This includes an overnight stay in the hospital and all necessary fees, as well as a 3 night twin room stay in a 4 star hotel. Taxis to and from any medical appointments are also free.
Gastric Band Surgery
Our surgeon is in the SERBIA every Thursday for consultations, band fills, general aftercare and specialist dietary advice. He is registered with the British General Medical Council. Only one year after surgery 90% of his patients have reached their ideal weight.
The hospital is based only 5 miles from Brussels International Airport in Zaventern (10 minutes by taxi). A personal co-ordinator is available to assist at all stages.
No deposit is required and you can take advantage of great Euro/Pound exchange rates!
If you book direct, the band is guaranteed for two years as long as you use our aftercare clinics,staffed only by our surgeon or a member of his close surgical team to consult and carry out band fills.
3 nights 4 Star hotel accommodation (twin room in ‘The Lodge Hotel’ in Vilvoorde) is included in the price for you and a companion.
Why the band not the sleeve?
The band has the benefit that you can tighten or loosen it. With the sleeve 2/3 of your stomach is removed and after 2 years the remaining stomach becomes stretched. We will also fit the sleeve for people who really want it (6500 Euros) but it tends to be sold by companies who have no aftercare in the UK.
The Adjustable Gastric Band – What Does The Surgery Involve?
Laparoscopic Gastric band surgery (Lap-band)
An adjustable gastric band is the most common form of weight loss surgery in Europe and Australia. Recently approved by the FDA (only lap band), it is usually performed by means of a laparoscopy. It is one of the least invasive approaches to obesity because neither the stomach nor the intestine is cut. To-date more than 150,000 Lap-band surgeries have been performed. Since the Lap-band is implantable using minimal-invasive (keyhole) techniques, patients who are extremely obese with heightened surgical risks benefit from the conservative entry to the abdominal cavity.
Due to the absence of upper abdominal incisions, the incidence of wound-healing complications, wound infections, postoperative pain as well as incisional hernias are drastically reduced. In addition, this method is cosmetically advantageous due to the absence of a large scar and it is fully reversible. The absence of lasting modifications to the anatomy of the intestinal tract allows for relatively easy restoration to the original state by simply removing the band, which can be done using laparoscopic techniques in most cases.
The band is applied around the stomach about 15 mm below the gastro-oesophageal junction. On the inner lining of the band there is a longitudinal balloon (like a bicycle tire). This balloon is inflated through a small tube attached to a subcutaneous port. The band is left empty at time of surgery but is thereafter gradually filled with fluid by injection through the subcutaneous port. It is thus possible to vary the opening in the stomach after surgery.
The balloon band system can be regarded as putting a straight-jacket on the stomach. The small gastric pouch created above the band limits the amount of food that a patient can eat at any one time, and will result in a feeling of fullness after eating a small amount of food.
The band induces an early feeling of satiety and thereby decreases food intake. Our method as well as other methods for obesity surgery does not however change the basic patient behaviour pattern. If the band is removed the weight will quickly increase to what it was before surgery. This means that the operation is not a definitive solution to the patient eating pattern or the problem of morbid obesity. It however induces sustainable weight loss and therefore it leads to a healthier life with fewer risks for obesity related secondary diseases. The amount of weight you lose depends both on the band and its adjustments and on your motivation and commitment to a new active lifestyle (sports) and healthy eating habits.