Abstract: Gastric banding is an established and effective form of weightloss surgery. Semi-structured interviews explored the experiences of gastric banding of twenty purposively recruited patients one year after surgery. Data was analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Three themes emerged. They included ‘Exercising choice’ (restriction by the band was counterbalanced by new food-related choices.); ‘Rediscovering life’ (improved health, physical ability and energy enabled the patients to re-discover life.) and ‘Goals achieved with no regrets’ (patients had nearly achieved their self-set goals.) Conclusion: Beyond achieving weight loss and improved health, the participants had improved quality of life as defined by patients. Knowledge about this active process informs the care of these patients.
Keywords: weightloss surgery; gastric banding; patient experience
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Pfeil, M.; Crozier, K.; Pulford, A.; Ferguson, Y.; Mahon, D.; Lewis, M. Living with a Gastric Band: A Qualitative Study. Healthcare 2014, 2, 47-59.
Pfeil M, Crozier K, Pulford A, Ferguson Y, Mahon D, Lewis M. Living with a Gastric Band: A Qualitative Study. Healthcare. 2014; 2(1):47-59.
Pfeil, Michael; Crozier, Kenda; Pulford, Amanda; Ferguson, Yasmin; Mahon, David; Lewis, Michael. 2014. "Living with a Gastric Band: A Qualitative Study." Healthcare 2, no. 1: 47-59.