Gastric Band Surgery


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What is a gastric band?

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What are the benefits of a gastric band?

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Are there any risks?

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Is it right for me?

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Why choose The Hospital Group for weight loss surgery?

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Cost & finance options

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What is a gastric band?

People suffering with obesity continue to have a great track record with gastric band surgery. If you have exhausted all other methods of weight management through diet and exercise, but still have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or over then this could be an option to explore. You may be able to lose up to 55% of your excess body weight 12-36 months after having a gastric band surgery. 

The procedure helps you to control portion sizes by putting an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of your stomach. As a result, you will feel fuller on a smaller amount of food. 

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An active lifestyle, paired with lower calorie intake, can help you to achieve the desired weight loss and improvement to your quality of life. 

What are the benefits of a gastric band?

Long-term weight loss can be achieved by having gastric band surgery. You may find that the results of the surgery lead to increased energy levels, better mobility, and better overall health. 

Health issues such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, among many others, have been shown to be reduced, and sometimes fully reversed when you lose weight through gastric band surgery. 

Your slimmer body may give you increased self-confidence and self-esteem, helping you to live a happier and healthier life.

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The weight loss you will achieve can help you to live more actively and feel that you are getting the best out of life without your weight holding you back. 

Are there any risks?

All surgical procedures pose a potential risk, and it is important know what these are before you go ahead so that you can weigh them up against the benefits your procedure could bring. During your consultations you will talk through these potential complications and you can ask any questions that you have about them.

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As a guide, these may include bleeding, infection, scarring, pain or reflux.  

Is it right for me?

If you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or over and are committed to making a lifestyle change, you may be considered for gastric band surgeryThis procedure could be the answer to achieving the weight loss you desire if you are suffering with obesity and diet and exercise alone have proven unsuccessful.  

Having a gastric band may help to manage your food intake. A portion-controlled diet will aid your weight loss over time and help you to keep the weight you lose off.  

If you are currently feeling unhappy or self-conscious about your weight, the results can be life changing. If you have health problems due to your weight, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, gastric band surgery can help manage, and sometimes even reverse, these conditions. 

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Our expert surgeons can advise you on whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. 

Why choose The Hospital Group for weight loss surgery?

Weight loss conversion surgery can help you achieve your healthy lifestyle goals.

As a highly experienced provider of weight loss conversion surgery, The Hospital Group has over 4 decades of surgical expertise - helping their patients turn dreams into reality.

Our patients are at the heart of what we do. We’re committed to providing a truly personalised experience for each person in our care. If you decide to have weight loss conversion surgery with us, you’ll benefit from:

  • World-class facilities, including our state-of-the-art private hospital, Burcot Hall in Bromsgrove, and a network of clinics nationwide so we’re never too far away.
  • Over 45 years of surgical expertise, delivered by our extensively qualified and leading surgeons.
  • Exceptional care that begins at your consultation continues throughout your journey with us, right through to the comprehensive aftercare we offer following surgery.
  • Clear, competitive costs and flexible finance options, so you can work towards your weight loss goals whatever your budget.

 

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We are with you every step of the way on your weight loss journey.

Cost & finance options

The Hospital Group is a responsible provider of weight loss surgery, so we understand that each procedure is different and tailored to your requirements and individual needs. At your free consultation, your surgeon assistant will be able to discuss the surgery with you, let you know the cost, and talk through the payment plans available.

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We have several finance options to choose from, ranging from paying for the procedure outright, to spreading the cost over a number of years on our flexible finance plans. Learn more about these on our Pricing and Finance page.

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Patient Stories

Demi McCoy

Demi always struggled with her weight and used to use food for comfort. She'd tried various slimming diets, but nothing worked so she decided to get a gastric band. “My mind was made up, and I just decided to go for it. I was a bit nervous on the day of the operation, but I was excited too.”

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Jordan Legge

Jordan (49) was a serial dieter and struggled with her constantly fluctuating weight. In 2007 she was 36 years old, but with her 40th birthday in sight, she knew she wanted to make big changes.

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Gastric Band Surgery FAQs

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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.
Will I need to stay in hospital?
Typically, you’ll need to stay in hospital for one night after your procedure, and your surgeon will advise on your personalised care plan following your surgery for the gastric band.
Will I need time off work?
After the fitting of your gastric band, time off work will be needed to aid your recovery. We usually recommend that you take a week off, but this may vary from patient to patient depending on the procedure that you have. Your surgeon will be able to advise you exactly how much time you’ll need to rest post-surgery.
What’s the typical weight loss following gastric band surgery?
Gastric bands are designed to help you lose weight gradually. After the fitting of your gastric band, the weight loss you experience will depend on you committing to a healthy lifestyle and following your specialist dietitian’s advice to get the best results. The average weight loss from gastric band surgery after three years, according to the is 44-55% of excess weight.
How often will I need an adjustment?
This varies from person to person. Sometimes, simply having the band in place but without being tightened is enough to provide sufficient benefit. The first adjustment (if required) takes place a minimum of five weeks following gastric band surgery. However, it usually takes about 4-6 months to reach a level where you are comfortably and consistently losing weight. After the first modification, band adjustments must be a minimum of three weeks apart, if they’re needed. We advise patients to take their lead from our specialist dietitians when deciding whether an adjustment is required. This helps you recognise how your own eating patterns and food choices help to activate the fluid in your band and how you can work with it.
What is the gastric band recovery time following surgery?
The exact length of lap band recovery time after surgery is different for each person. Typically, you’ll be able to leave the hospital a day after your surgery but it’s worth taking a week off work to give yourself time to rest after this. Generally, we advise taking it relatively easy for the first two weeks after surgery, and you should be able to resume all your day-to-day activities and exercise regime after six weeks. The dedicated and expert dietitian looking after you will advise you on food and liquid intake during your gastric band recovery time.
How much is a gastric band procedure?
Here at The Hospital Group, we tailor our treatment plans in line with each patient’s unique requirements. For this reason, the gastric band cost may vary, depending on a range of factors. You can use our simple price check to work out how much your gastric band surgery may cost, which first calculates your BMI to establish your suitability for a weight-loss procedure. Please note that this is an estimated price, and your patient advisor will be able to give you a detailed overview of the gastric band price during your consultation. You can choose to pay for your treatment in full or spread the gastric band cost over 24, 36, 48 or 60 months using our finance options. As well as finance plans of up to five years, we also offer a 0% finance option which allows you to spread the cost over 12 months with no interest to pay. All our finance options are subject to individual status and are provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance Limited, who are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Next steps

Your journey step by step

First appointment


Your journey with The Hospital Group begins with a telephone consultation with our friendly surgeon assistants. During this conversation you can talk through why you’re interested in surgery, how much it costs, the finance options available to you, how much recovery time you’ll need, and potential surgery dates.

If you would like to proceed, we will book your free weight loss consultation.

Free consultation


Weight loss surgery involves two specialist consultations. Your first one will be with a weight loss practitioner (either a nurse or dietitian) and can be carried out in your local clinic or over video chat. During this conversation you will talk about your goals for surgery and go through your medical history to ascertain whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. You will also discuss the results you might expect, as well as the possible risks and complications of surgery. Our specialists extremely knowledgeable as they are given extensive training, so they can answer any questions you might have.

If you feel you would like to go ahead, they will then book you for a consultation with the surgeon. Your expert surgeon will go through all the risks and benefits, as well as confirming whether or not you are suitable for surgery. You will then be referred to a clinic nurse for pre-operative assessments and tests.

The surgery


You will meet your surgeon on the day of your surgery so that you can talk through any final questions you might have and read through the consent form. The whole surgical team will be introduced to you before heading into theatre for the procedure.

The specifics of surgery will be discussed prior to the day – you will find out how long it will take, the types of anaesthetics used, and they will talk you through the procedure itself.

Recovery


Following weight loss surgery, you will need to stay in hospital for the initial stages of your recovery. You will likely feel swollen and in some pain following the procedure. Our friendly nursing team will be on hand to look after you and provide any painkillers you might need.

Immediately after surgery, you will be given intravenous drip hydration so that your fluid levels are maintained. The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, so you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home when you are discharged. We recommend that you have someone with you until the effects of the anaesthetic wear off.

We will talk you through taking care of yourself at home before you leave hospital. There is also a 24/7 helpline available to you where you can call a member of the clinical team at any time for support.

Aftercare


The surgery itself is only the beginning, and we believe in the highest standard of aftercare following your procedure. Your body needs time to heal, and you will need to stay off work until you feel ready to return. You should also avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for around six weeks. Recovery periods can be discussed with your surgeon before the procedure.

There are a number of different aftercare packages available to help aid you in your weight loss journey and these will be discussed during your consultation process. You can read more about these on our aftercare page.

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