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Healthcare 2014, 2(1), 47-59; doi:10.3390/healthcare2010047
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Living with a Gastric Band: A Qualitative Study

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1 School of Nursing Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK 2 Spire Norwich Hospital, Old Watton Rd, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TD, UK 3 Department of Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgery, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Taunton, TA1 5DA, UK 4 Department of General Surgery, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Colney, Norwich, NR4 7UY, UK
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Received: 13 November 2013 / Revised: 31 December 2013 / Accepted: 6 January 2014 / Published: 13 January 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Burden of Obesity in Health Care)
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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 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.

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