Stomach stapling is a surgical procedure that is used if you are severely or morbidly obese and you cannot lose weight using diet and exercise. As the name suggests, stomach stapling literally involves stapling the stomach to create a small pouch that fills much quicker. After the operation, eating even tiny amounts of food makes you feel full, so the amount you eat each day is much less than before surgery and weight loss is rapid.
Stomach stapling is a highly invasive procedure carrying significant risks, including tearing around the staples and the staples giving way, resulting in leakage. What’s more, the pouch that is created cannot by adjusted without further surgery. This is why stomach stapling has been superceded in recent years by the relatively safer and more flexible gastric band, which uses an adjustable, inflatable band that does not penetrate the stomach wall.
This article on stomach stapling is written by Kathryn Senior, a freelance journalist who writes health, medical, biological, and pharmaceutical articles for national and international journals, newsletters and web sites.
Why have stomach stapling?
Stomach stapling is often the last resort treatment for severely or morbidly obese people who fail to respond to other weight loss regimes and techniques. Over 80% of people who undergo stomach stapling achieve some degree of weight loss and around 30% achieve a normal, healthy size following the operation. It is usual for around half of the excess weight to be lost in the first two years.
It is important to realise that stomach stapling is not a simple solution. The ultimate success of the operation will depend on how well you are able to stick to the accompanying diet regime. Because you are only able to eat small amounts of food, many patients are tempted by high calorie foods or highly processed foods, which are easier to digest than healthier, high fibre options. Modifying what you eat in this way can result in weight gain; studies show that as few as 10% of people who have stomach stapling maintain their initial weight loss after ten years.