Frequently Asked Questions
Obesity is defined by the accumulation of fat in the body that results in weight increase and is defined by BMI (Body Mass Index) of over 30kg/m2. Morbid obesity is the severe form of obesity and is defined by a BMI over 40kg/m2, where the person experiences other medical problems that occur as a result of morbid obesity.
People who suffer from obesity will benefit from both these procedures. In particular, people who have BMI higher that 30kg/m2, including Type II obesity (BMI 35kg/m2) and morbid obesity (BMI> 40kg/m2).
These are two different procedures that share the same goal, which is to decrease the size of the stomach and be able to feel full with only small amounts of food.
In Adjusted Gastric Banding a band is placed around the stomach, whereas, in Sleeve Gastrectomy a portion of the stomach is removed.
Additionally, the Adjusted gastric band is a reversible procedure as opposed to Sleeve Gastrectomy.
Lastly, Sleeve Gastrectomy is believed to cause permanent results (lose up to 100% of excess body weight) whereas, in Adjusted Gastric Banding (lose up to 70% of excess body weight) there is a fear of relapse after the band is removed.
Depending on the conditions under which that both surgeries are performed they usually last about an hour.
It is possible to experience mild inconveniences after the surgery is performed, which are usually get over in a short period of time, about 1 – 3 days. However, from our team’s experience over the years there were no complains about any significant pain felt.
It usually takes a shorter period of time to recover for the Adjusted gastric band than with Sleeve Gastrectomy.
The time of full recovery is around 3 weeks on average. However, many of our patients were able to return to their jobs and daily activities in just a few days after being operated.
Exercise is advised to begin two or weeks after any of the two operations.
Additionally, it is important that the exercise does not include heavy weight lifting or other strong physical exercises. Walking or jogging is advised.
Patients usually stay in the hospital for 48 hours after the surgery is complete for observation if any complication occurs.
After 48 hours the patient can either choose to continue being accommodated in the hospital or in any of the hotels in Rhodes.
Usually patients who visit Rhodes from abroad have their spouses or families accompany them.
Therefore, it is important for us to accommodate them in hotels that will not exceed their economical budget; that will offer a beautiful environment and support they needs.
Alcohol consumption is not allowed after the procedure. After approximately 4 weeks alcohol consumption is allowed.
All Laparoscopic procedures offer the advantage of minimum scars.
The patient will only have very small scars at the surgical area (Adjusted Gastric Banding 4 scars and Sleeve Gastrectomy 5 scars) that will heal very fast and also be very discreet in sight.