Conversion - Gastric Band to Gastric sleeve


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What is gastric band to gastric sleeve conversion surgery?

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What are the benefits?

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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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What is gastric band to gastric sleeve conversion surgery?

Has previous weight loss surgery not helped you achieve the results you had been hoping for?

Conversion surgery could be suitable for you if you have experienced problems with your gastric band, such as slippage, or difficulty maintaining weight loss after surgery. It is also suitable for people who haven’t lost as much weight as they’d hoped to from other types of weight loss surgery.

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Whatever your situation, gastric band to gastric sleeve conversion surgery could be an effective way to bring your weight loss goals back within reach.

What are the benefits?

If your gastric band hasn’t helped you maintain your weight loss like you had hoped, conversion from a gastric band to a gastric sleeve could be an effective alternative.

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A gastric band to gastric sleeve conversion helps to reduce appetite, meaning you will feel fuller sooner and eat less as a result. It is a non-reversible procedure that reduces the size and capacity of the stomach by about 75%, also removing the part of the stomach that stimulates the appetite hormone, ghrelin.

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, nausea, vomiting and constipation.

Is it right for me?

Gastric band to gastric sleeve conversion is suitable for patients who have had difficulties with their band or who need extra help maintaining weight loss following gastric band surgery.

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We understand that opting for a permanent procedure like a gastric band to gastric sleeve conversion requires thorough consideration. If it’s something you’re thinking about, speak to one of our highly experienced bariatric team. We’ll explain exactly what the procedure involves and the results you can expect so you can decide whether it is right for you.

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.

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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.

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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Conversion - Gastric Band to Gastric sleeve FAQs

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Can a gastric 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.
What are the reasons for removing a band?
Occasionally patients experience problems such as heartburn. If this does not respond to medication, it may be advisable to remove the gastric band and convert to a different procedure. If band slippage or erosion has occurred, this may also require the band to be removed.
What are the options for converting a band?
Some patients decide to convert to a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve to help them to fully achieve their weight loss goals.
What is the difference between a gastric sleeve and a gastric bypass?
The sleeve is a procedure that reduces the stomach size. It is less invasive than the bypass, which involves reducing the stomach size and re-routing and re-connecting the intestines.

Next steps

Your Journey Step by Step

Your 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. Whenever you decide to book a surgery date, you can secure it for a minimum refundable deposit of £500.

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

Surgical consultation


During the consultation with your surgeon, 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. You will then be referred to a clinic nurse for pre-operative assessments and tests and a dietitian for discussion and advice on the pre- and post-operative diet.

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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