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Vertical Banded Gastroplasty—Open Surgery
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Vertical Banded Gastroplasty—Open Surgery Usage

Written by FoundHealth.

Reasons for Procedure

The surgery treats severe obesity. Doctors use a calculation called body mass index ( BMI ) to determine how overweight or obese you are. A normal BMI is 18.5-25.

This surgery is a weight loss option for people with:

  • BMI greater than 40
  • BMI 35-39.9 and a life-threatening condition, such as heart disease or diabetes
  • BMI 35-39.9 and severe physical limitations that affect employment, mobility, and family life

The success of vertical banded gastroplasty depends on your commitment. If lifestyle changes are made and maintained, the benefits of bariatric surgery include:

  • Weight reduction
  • Improvement in many obesity-related conditions, such as glucose intolerance, diabetes, sleep apnea , high blood pressure , and high cholesterol
  • Improved mobility and stamina
  • Enhanced mood, self-esteem, and quality of life


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