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Gastric Band Surgery

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What is a gastric band?

People suffering with obesity continue to have a great track record of success with gastric band surgery. It could be an option to explore if you have tried other methods of weight management – such as diet or exercise – yet still have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or over.

This is a procedure that helps you control your meal portion sizes. A gastric band is an adjustable silicone band, which is made up of three key components - a reinforcing band, tubing and balloon. The aim of a gastric band is to make you feel fuller on a smaller amount of food. 

A gastric band is also sometimes known as a stomach lap band. In itself, gastric band surgery can help you achieve your desired weight loss and improve your quality of life, but it's most effective when paired with an active lifestyle and lower calorie intake. 

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What are the benefits of a gastric band?

A gastric band operation can help you to achieve long-term weight loss. It may give you higher energy levels, better mobility, and better overall health. And it's a less-invasive procedure than alternatives such as a gastric sleeve or gastric bypass operation, too.

With a gastric band, you could lose up to 39% of excess body weight up to a year after surgery. Your slimmer body can increase your self-confidence and self-esteem too, which will help you to live a happier and healthier life.

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Is a Gastric Band Right For Me?

You may be considered for gastric or lap band surgery if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above. You must be committed to changing your lifestyle too. If so, it might be the ideal solution if you suffer with obesity and diet and exercise on their own are proving unsuccessful.  

To achieve the weight loss you desire, a gastric band may help to manage your food intake. A portion-controlled diet will support your weight loss over time, and it could be really helpful in making sure that you are able to keep off any weight you lose. 

If you're currently feeling unhappy or self-conscious about your weight, the results from gastric band surgery can be life changing. Not only can it bring significant benefits if you suffer from weight-related conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, but it can also have a huge impact on your emotional wellbeing.

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Gastric Band Surgery FAQs

WHAT IS GASTRIC BAND SURGERY?
The gastric band procedure involves placing a silicone ring close to the top of your stomach. This stimulates the nerve endings and helps to make you feel satisfied on smaller portions of food. The gastric band is fully adjustable, and you will need band adjustments every so often to ensure it is optimal for you and your body. It is important to make lifestyle changes too in terms of healthy eating and regular activity to achieve the best possible results.
WHAT IS A GASTRIC BAND?
Gastric bands are made from silicone and contain three key components – a reinforcing band, tubing and balloon. The balloon is filled with saline fluid by the surgeon to an amount suited to each patient – which can vary from 0ml to 9ml. The reinforcing band is wrapped around the stomach to form a small pouch which reduces the amount of food that can fit in the stomach, aiding weight loss. The tubing connects the balloon and the injection port, which the surgeon uses to adjust the amount of fluid in the balloon.
IS A LAP BAND DIFFERENT TO A GASTRIC BAND?
Lap band is short for laparoscopic gastric band, so it’s just another name for a gastric band. If you’re not sure that a gastric band is for you but are interested in other types of weight-loss surgery, we also offer gastric sleeve and gastric bypass.
HOW DOES GASTRIC BAND SURGERY WORK WITH PREGNANCY?
Pregnancy after gastric band surgery has not been found to be dangerous; a 2014 study titled Pregnancy after laparoscopic gastric banding: maternal and neonatal outcomes concluded that it’s safe to carry a child while you have a gastric band. Your specialist dietitian will advise you on the best way to manage this both nutritionally and in terms of fluid in the band. However, it’s advisable to wait a year or so after surgery before getting pregnant. If you have any concerns, or you think you might be pregnant, speak to your surgeon and your local GP.
WILL I NEED TO STAY IN HOSPITAL?
You will normally stay in hospital for one night after your procedure, and your surgeon will advise on your personalised care plan following your surgery.
CAN THE BAND BE REMOVED?
The gastric band is designed to stay with you for life to assist you in achieving your target weight. However, it can be removed if you want to reverse the procedure.

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