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Surgical Weight Loss Options: Gastric Banding

Gastric banding is a type of bariatric surgery that helps patients lose weight by restricting the amount of food they require to feel full. It is the least invasive type of bariatric surgery and typically has a faster recovery than gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy. If you’re considering gastric banding to help you lose weight, here is what you need to know about the procedure.

What Is Gastric Banding?

During gastric banding, your surgeon will place a band tightly around the upper part of your stomach to create a small pouch. This pouch will become the part of your stomach that takes food in while you are eating; because of the reduced size, you will feel full from much less food. The food in the small pouch will then slowly empty into the lower part of your stomach for digestion. Gastric banding is a laparoscopic procedure, so your surgeon will only need to make one to four small incisions in your stomach. Unlike with other types of bariatric surgery, no portion of the stomach is removed.

What Happens During Recovery?

Most patients stay in the hospital overnight after gastric banding and miss approximately one week of work. You will need to stick to a liquid diet for two to three weeks as you recover, and then transition to soft foods before returning to normal foods after six weeks. Your surgeon will tell you when it is safe to begin exercising and offer advice on healthy eating habits.

How Much Weight Can I Lose?

Weight loss is generally smaller with gastric banding than with other bariatric surgeries. You can expect to lose between one third and one half of your excess weight. The band around your stomach is adjustable via an access port under your skin, so if you are not losing enough weight or losing weight too quickly, your surgeon can adjust the band.

Let the bariatric surgeons at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas help you determine the right approach to weight loss surgery for you. For answers to all of your questions about bariatric surgery or for a referral to a physician, please call (702) 233-5300.


How to Exercise Safely Following Bariatric Surgery

After bariatric surgery, exercise is an important part of reaching your weight loss goals and adopting a healthy lifestyle. However, keeping safety in mind as you start your exercise regimen will help you avoid injuries as you recover. Talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program and take these steps to stay safe.

Don’t Start Too Soon

Although you will be encouraged to walk soon after surgery, that doesn’t mean that you’re ready for challenging physical activity. Your body needs to heal before you start any kind of intensive exercise regimen. Typically, patients need to wait at least four weeks after surgery before beginning aerobic or resistance exercises, and up to eight to 12 weeks before trying abdominal exercises. Every patient recovers at a different pace, so ask your surgeon to clear you for activity before you begin exercising.

Build Up Your Stamina

If you are not accustomed to being active, then jumping into an intense exercise program can lead to injury. Start slow and increase your stamina over time. Simply doing extra housework or parking your car further from the store may be enough to start, and then gradually add more activities until you’re exercising for about 60 minutes per day, six days a week. Although you should do resistance exercises at least once per week, focus on aerobic activities, like brisk walking or swimming, to achieve faster weight loss results.

Listen to Your Body

Exercise should be challenging, but not painful. If you experience joint pain during an activity, stop it or modify it so the pain eases. Pushing yourself too far can lead to medical emergencies and injuries. If you have a health condition, such as heart disease or arthritis, talk to your doctor about safe activities for you.

At MountainView Hospital, our bariatric surgery team in Las Vegas assists patients throughout their recoveries and offers full support as they move towards new ways of living. Is bariatric surgery right for you? Call (702) 233-5300 for a referral to one of our bariatric surgeons or for more information about our weight loss procedures.


Healthy Lunch Ideas for Your Kid's Lunchbox

Packing a healthy lunch for your child can help him or her power through schoolwork and fight off infections that can run rampant in the classroom. School lunches don’t have to take a lot of time to pack to be healthy, and all it takes is a little bit of creativity to make sure your little one cleans his or her plate. Avoid pediatric visits and the need for emergency care by making healthy lunches, like these, part of your child’s school day.

Veggie Subs

You might be surprised by how easy it is to get your child to eat vegetables if you dress them up in a sub. Create sub rolls by cutting up a large baguette, and scoop some of the bread out of each side to create pockets. Fill up these pockets with vegetables your child loves, such as tomatoes, spinach, artichoke hearts, onions, and peppers. Olives and pepperoncini can also add flavor. Sprinkle with some oil and vinegar and some oregano. For older kids, you can pack the ingredients separately and let them assemble the sandwich themselves at lunchtime.

Ham and Cheese Wraps

It’s easy to make a standard sandwich more exciting by switching from bread to a wrap. Use a plain wheat sandwich wrap or try one of the flavored varieties, and fill it with ham, cheese, mustard, and mayo. You can try many different variations on this theme by changing the meat, cheese, and condiments. Add some extra vegetables to the wrap, if desired.

Calzones

Calzones are an easy way to bring the flavors of pizza to school. Use refrigerated pizza dough and wrap up your child’s favorite ingredients, like low-fat cheese, lean proteins, vegetables, and pizza sauce. Bake until the crust is golden and slice when it has cooled for a few minutes. Alternatively, you can make mini calzones that can be packed without slicing. Allow the calzone to cool completely before packing it in your child’s lunchbox.

At MountainView Hospital, we’re committed to your entire family’s health through all stages of life. From our pediatrics and emergency care to our heart hospital, stroke care, and robotic surgery, good health starts at our Las Vegas hospital. If you need a referral to one of our physicians, please call (702) 233-5300.


Common Illnesses to Look Out for When Your Child Goes Back to School

Back-to-school time is exciting for kids and parents alike, but it is also a risky time for your child’s health. Close quarters and a lack of hand washing creates a fertile ground for infections. Be on the lookout for these childhood illnesses when your child returns to the classroom.

Lice Infestation

Classrooms are the perfect places for the transmission of lice. Contrary to popular belief, it is actually quite difficult to transmit lice by sharing clothing or personal hygiene items with an infected individual, but it does spread via direct contact with hair, which can happen on the playground, on the bus, or at desks. Schools typically alert parents when a child has been infected and may offer screenings at school. Lice are easily treated with topical solutions and shampoos, and in some cases, nit combs. If your child is diagnosed with lice, everyone in your household should be treated.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

Hand, foot, and mouth disease, or HFMD, is a viral illness that causes skin rash, mouth and face sores, and fever. It can be spread via contact with a contaminated surface, such as a water fountain or desk, or via direct contact with an infected person. Your pediatrician will usually be able to diagnose HFMD during a physical exam. There is no specific treatment other than managing the symptoms, but if your child is infected, he or she should stay home from school until your doctor says he or she is no longer contagious.

Bacterial Conjunctivitis

Bacterial conjunctivitis, also called red eye or pink eye, is an eye infection that causes redness on the eye and surrounding skin, as well as drainage. Children easily spread bacterial conjunctivitis through touching. If your child develops symptoms, he or she may need a topical antibiotic.

Get the care you need for your child’s back-to-school illness at MountainView Hospital. From our pediatrics department to our emergency care in Las Vegas, we can help you cope with all of your child’s medical needs. Learn about all of our hospital services, including stroke care, robotic surgery, and our heart hospital, by calling (702) 233-5300.


Why Summer Allergies May Cause Severe Symptoms

Most people don’t think of summer first when they think of seasonal allergies, but in reality, summer can be just as bad for some people as fall and spring are for others. Add to the picture an increased risk of exposure to other allergens that occurs during summer, and you have a recipe for a seasonal spike in the need for emergency care for allergy symptoms. Why are allergies such a big issue during the summer? Here is what you need to know.

Pollen

Pollen doesn’t just attack during the fall and spring. Pollen allergy sufferers may also have to deal with symptoms in the summertime, with spores still lingering in the air. Another type of pollen—food pollen—is also common during the summer month. This pollen come from fresh fruits, veggies, and tree nuts, but common offenders include celery, melons, and apples. Food pollen can cause allergy symptoms in people who don’t usually get allergies in the fall and spring, and these symptoms could be severe.

Stinging Insects

During the summer, most people spend more time outside. Unfortunately, stinging insects also love to get out in the summer sun. That means that you have a greater chance of getting stung by a bee, wasp, or other insect during these months. If you have an allergy to stinging insects, getting stung can be life threatening and require emergency care. Even if you have never experienced an allergic reaction from a sting before, it is possible to develop a new allergy with severe symptoms later in life.

Chlorine

Swimming might be a favorite way to cool off during summer, but it’s not so refreshing for people who are sensitive to chlorine. Chlorine isn’t an allergen itself, but it can trigger hypersensitivity to other allergens and exacerbate asthma.

MountainView Hospital provides emergency care in Las Vegas for urgent medical needs all year long. Trust our Las Vegas hospital for all of your treatment needs, from stroke care to robotic surgery. You can learn more about all of our services by calling (702) 255-5000.


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