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Adjustable gastric banding procedure


Adjustable gastric banding procedure serve only to restrict and decrease food intake and do not interfere with the normal digestive process.

In this procedure, a hollow band made of special material is placed around the stomach near its upper end, creating the small pouch and a narrow passage into the larger remaining portion of the stomach. This small passage delays the emptying of food from the pouch and causes a feeling of fullness.

Choosing this operation, it is possible to lose at least 47% of excess weight.

This procedure helps to loose the weight however it can not be considered as weight lossing method, functionning itself or gives results within one day. Weight loss will take time.

The operation itself is just the beginning for the body to start to lose the weight. Final result depends on the ability to change the habits of active life, eating and attitude.

Medical indications are crucial, because the small pouch / or small gap between the two parts of the stomach can be stretched, thus the target of the operation is not reached. 


Weight loss surgery


Bariatrics is the branch of medicine dealing with obesity. Bariatric surgery  or weight-loss surgery) is effective way to treat severe cases of obesity, achieving excellent, long-term results. There are 3 different kinds of weight-loss surgery actually available in Latvia – adjustable gastric banding procedure, gastric bypass surgery, gastric reduction surgery.

 The goal of the bariatric operations is to ensure that the patient gets accustomed to eat the smaller amounts of food,  while providing the body with the necessary nutrients. During the operation there are no fat liposuction, skin tightening or excess skin excision.

Less eating – is one of the fundamental premises of the weight reduction. To make it a success, a full set of healthy lifestyle is needed, starting with a balanced and wholesome nutrition, well-considered and regular exercises, finally with self-confidence and the ability to enjoy life.

Decision on weight reduction surgery should be carefully thought out. The situation assessment is very important before the final decision is made. The responsible attitude helps to achieve a better result. Bariatric operations help to lose weight easier, but also requires the involvement of the patient – to follow carefully the instructions of doctor and a nutritionist.


Gastric bypass surgery


Gastric bypass surgery is a restrictive procedure, creating a small stomac, which is directly connected to the middle part of the small intestine, thus creating a feeling of satiety and significantly reducing the absorption of food.

To compare to adjustable gastric banding this operation leads to a bigger weight loss, healthy food using principles have to be followed up, but they are not very strict. Anatomy and the nutrient digestion process is changed significantly after this bypass operation, thus the complication and adverse event risk is higher. Since the food absorption ir reduced, the lack of mineral and vitamin can be caused, it has to be compensated by their extra use.

Using the gastric bypass surgery it is possible to reduce the extra weight by 70%.

Gastric bypass surgery helps to loos the weight, however it can not be considered as weight lossing method, functionning itself or gives results within one day. Weight loss will take time.

The operation itself is just the beginning for the body to start to lose the weight. Final result depends on the ability to change the habits of active life, eating and attitude. 



Sharon, Ireland
If you are reading this then you might know what it’s like to fight a war with yourself every hour of every day – and how exhausting it can be and so you tire and give in only to be faced with shame followed by an extra few pounds/kilos on the scale and then the war starts again the next day… I tried everything to combat my weight and for a few years I won the battles by becoming “healthy” and “fit”. I ran marathons, cycled to work, did everything “they” say to do but food/weight was always my enemy and my internal struggle was always there.

John, United Kingdom
Living in Mainland Europe there is sometimes a stigma attached to developing countries such as the Baltic states, Poland etc…so although I had visited Latvia on a few occasions, I was a little bit nervous about having surgery abroad. However from the very first email, the fundamentals were explained with great detail and guidelines set out clearly for before and after. Upon arriving in Riga airport I was greeted by Ilva and made to feel comfortable, shown around Sigulda, and put up in a nice boutique hotel in the centre of the town. In the hospital everything was smooth and well explained, and the help from the medical staff and doctors was 10/10. The operation and after pain was nowhere near the same pain that I had read about…after 2 days I was walking around the town, and felt as if I was recovering already. The doctor provided me with updates and good, precise advice on what to eat and drink, and at what stage. This operation was only 3 months ago and has changed my life in a massive way. The best money I have ever spent!

Eventually I just got tired, burnt out, and stopped fighting. No more exercise, no more diets and naturally my weight ballooned. I lost the battle. It took about a year for me to admit even to myself that I needed help – I can say that now – I needed help and so I got help.

I contacted Ilva and she was wonderful – as were all the staff – no question was unanswered and I was so well taken care of. Three months in, 15 kilos down, back in the gym, back to being me and for the first time in my life I feel that I might have the tools to win this war …. even if it took a little help…

Lawona, Sweden
I couldn’t be more pleased with my stay and treatment in Sigulda hospital. Nurses and staff were friendly and caring, always ready to help with a smile. My room was comfortable and clean. Doctor Kozlovskis was very competent and visited me often. I’ve also had a quick recovery that I am certain is due to the wonderful care, I was given in hospital.

Roberta, United Kingdom
From start to finish my treatment from sigulda clinic has been amazing. My questions were all answered promptly and fully, everything was done for me, the flights arranged for both my daughter and myself. We were met from the airport and treated like royalty. The clinic is clean and smart and the staff all so friendly. The operation went very well and the care I received was second to none. I could not have asked for more. I would highly recommend this service.

Sandra, Sweden
I can really recommend Sigulda Hospital to anyone. Really satisfied with everything from the first moment I contacted them, really good communication, information and service.

Sandy, Sweden
I have only good things to say about my surgery at the Sigulda Hospital!

Simon, Norway
Underwent laparoscopic gastric bypass rny surgery at Sigulda Hospital in 2011.


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