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Gastric Band Surgery

Designed to help you lose weight gradually, gastric band surgery helps to make you feel more satisfied by smaller portions of food. Speak to us today about whether this weight management option could be right for you.

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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. 

In a gastric band operation, the reinforcing band wraps around the upper part of your stomach to create a small pouch. This will reduce the size of the stomach – and the amount of food that will fit into it. In turn, this will help with weight loss.

The band is attached to a tube, which connects the balloon and the injection port. Your gastric band surgeon will fill this balloon with saline fluid to inflate it. The amount of fluid is tailored to each patient and can vary from 0ml to 9ml.

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Your surgeon can also use the injection port to adjust the amount of fluid stored in the balloon. This means the band can be tightened or loosened to maintain the pressure. If the band is too loose, for example, it won't help reduce your food intake or lose the desired amount of weight.

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.

Once the band is optimally adjusted, most people can lose 0.5 to 1kg (1 to 2lb) a week, providing they are eating healthily and exercising. Your slimmer body can increase your self-confidence and self-esteem too, which will help you to live a happier and healthier life.

The weight loss you could achieve with your gastric band helps you live more actively and feel you're getting the most out of life, without your weight holding you back. Our comprehensive aftercare packages can keep that journey going, too, and help you achieve a weight you're happy with.

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Gastric band surgery is also shown to reduce – or even sometimes fully reverse – some health issues because of the weight you'll lose. These issues include Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, among many others. For more information about how weight loss surgery can help with general health, why not book a free consultation?

Are there any risks?

All surgical procedures pose a potential risk, so, it's important know what these are before you go ahead. It means you can weigh them up against the benefits of having a gastric band and make a decision that's right for you.

We'll talk through these potential complications during our consultations, and you'll also have the chance to ask any questions that you have about them.

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As a guide, however, complications and risks can sometimes include gastric band scars, bleeding, infection, pain, or reflux.

Can I get a gastric band?

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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It all starts with a free consultation with us. Our expert bariatric surgeons can give you advice about all your weight loss options, including letting you know if gastric band surgery will be the most suitable procedure for your weight loss needs.

Why choose The Hospital Group for gastric band surgery?

We're here to help you achieve all your healthy lifestyle goals. As a highly experienced provider of gastric band surgery, for more than four decades The Hospital Group has helped many patients turn their dreams into reality. And we'd like to make that happen for you too.

Our patients are at the heart of what we do, and we're committed to providing a truly personalised experience for every person in our care. If you decide to have private gastric band surgery with us, you can expect:

World-class medical facilities, including our state-of-the-art private hospital, Burcot Hall in Bromsgrove. We also have a nationwide network of clinics – so we're never far away.

More than 45 years of surgical expertise, which is delivered by our extensively qualified bariatric surgeons. All our surgeons are General Medical Council-registered, too.

Exceptional care that starts at your consultation and continues throughout your journey with us, right through to the comprehensive aftercare we provide after your procedure.

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

Fast Facts

Surgery Time: 1 Hour
Time Off Work: 5 - 7 Days
Hospital Stay: 1 Night
Full Recovery: From 6 - 8 Weeks
Exercise: After 6 Weeks
Expected Weight Loss: 20% Of Total Body Weight

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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.
What happens during the operation?
A gastric band operation is performed under a general anaesthetic. You'll be asleep throughout the procedure. The band itself is fitted using a procedure known as laparoscopic surgery – but you'll probably know it better as 'keyhole' surgery. Your surgeon will make small cuts or incisions in your stomach, before placing a thin telescope – a laparoscope – inside. This is fitted with a light and a camera so your surgeon can see what they are doing as they place your gastric band around your stomach. The injection port is also stitched into place, just under your skin. With this, your surgeon will inflate or deflate the band. Finally, the small cuts made at the start of the gastric band surgery are then closed, normally with dissolvable stitches.
How long does gastric band surgery take?
The length of time it can take will vary from person to person, and can range from 30 minutes to up to two hours.
What is the gastric band recovery time after surgery?
As each person is different, so too is the length of gastric band recovery time. 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. We usually advise that you take it relatively easy during the first two weeks after surgery. You should then be able to resume your day-to-day activities and exercise regimes after six weeks. Your dedicated and expert dietitian will advise you on food and liquid intake during your recovery time.
Will I need to stay in hospital?
In some cases, you may be able to go home on the same day as a gastric band operation. But it's normal to stay in hospital for one night after the procedure. Your surgeon will then talk you through your personalised care plan following your surgery.
Will I need time off work?
Time off work is often needed to aid your gastric band recovery time. We'll usually recommend that you take at least a week off. But this might vary from patient to patient, depending on the procedure that you have. Your surgeon will be able to advise exactly how much time you’ll need to rest after your surgery.
How does gastric band surgery work with pregnancy?
Pregnancy after gastric band surgery is perfectly safe. In 2014, a study called "Pregnancy after laparoscopic gastric banding: maternal and neonatal outcomes" concluded that it is safe to carry a child with a gastric band fitted. Of course, your specialist dietitian will advise you on the best way to manage your pregnancy – both nutritionally and in terms of fluid in your band. We would advise waiting a year or so after gastric band surgery before getting pregnant, however. Talk to your surgeon and local GP if you have any concerns, or you think you may be pregnant.
How important is diet after my gastric band is fitted?
The aim of a gastric band is to make you feel full after eating sooner than you generally would. As such, this can reduce the amount you actually eat and help you lose weight. But it can only be truly effective if you also make changes to your lifestyle after your operation. This could mean changing your dietary habits and calorie intake. As gastric bands can only work effectively with solid foods, you'll need to take particular care with high-calorie drinks or fluids to see the weight loss you want to achieve. It's also important to remember that your diet will be restricted while you recover from gastric or lap band surgery. Your dedicated and specialist dietitian will explain more about this as part of the aftercare we provide to our patients.
What's the typical weight loss following gastric band surgery?
Gastric bands can help you lose weight gradually. Any weight loss you experience will depend on how healthy your lifestyle is. You'll also need to follow your expert dietitian's advice to see the best results. According to third 2020 National Bariatric Surgery Registry Report, however, the average weight loss after one year is 39% of excess weight.
Can you drink alcohol after lap band surgery?
You can. But please remember that alcoholic drinks have a higher calorie count and will easily pass through a gastric band. So, it may affect the weight loss results you wish to achieve.
Can the band be removed?
Yes – your gastric band can be removed if you want to reverse the procedure.
How often will I need an adjustment?
This varies from person to person. Sometimes, just having the band in place is enough to offer the desired benefits. If an adjustment is needed, however, the first one takes place at least five weeks after gastric band surgery. It usually takes about 4-6 months, however, to reach a level where you're comfortably and consistently losing weight. After the first modification, adjustments must be at least three weeks apart – if they’re needed. We advise patients to take their lead from our specialist dietitians when deciding if you need or want to adjust your band. This can help you recognise how your own eating patterns and food choices activate the fluid in your band and how you can work with it.
How much does a gastric band operation cost?

We tailor our treatment plans in line with each patient's unique needs. For this reason, the cost of a gastric band operation may vary. You can use our price check to find out how much it might cost. This first calculates your BMI to see if you're suitable for a weight loss procedure. Please note – this is only an estimated price. Your patient advisor can give you detailed pricing information during your consultation.

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.
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.

Next steps

Your gastric band journey: step-by-step.


Your journey with The Hospital Group starts with a free telephone consultation with one of our friendly surgeon assistants. We'll discuss why gastric band surgery interests you, the costs involved, the recovery time you'll need, and potential dates for surgery. 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'll book your free weight loss consultation.


Our weight loss surgery involves two specialist consultations. Your first one will be with a weight loss practitioner – either a nurse or dietitian. This can be carried out in your local clinic or over a video chat. During our conversation, we'll talk about your weight loss goals and examine your medical history to help us determine if you're a suitable candidate.

We'll also discuss the results you might expect, as well as the possible risks and complications of surgery. Our specialists receive extensive training and so are extremely knowledgeable, meaning that you can be sure they'll answer any questions you might have.

If you feel you'd like to go ahead, we'll then book you in for a consultation with your expert surgeon. They will go through all the risks and benefits, and also confirm whether or not you're suitable for surgery.

After this, you'll be referred to a clinic nurse for pre-operative assessments and tests.


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

The specifics of surgery will be discussed prior to the day too. You'll find out how long it'll take, the types of anaesthetics used, and more about the procedure itself.


After gastric band surgery, you'll need to stay in hospital for your initial recovery. It's likely you will feel swollen and be in some pain after your operation. But our friendly nursing team will be on hand to look after you and provide any painkillers you might need.

Straight after surgery, you'll receive intravenous drip hydration to maintain your fluid levels. As the procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, you'll need to arrange for someone to drive you home when you are discharged. We recommend you have someone with you until the effects of the anaesthetic wear off too.

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


The gastric band surgery itself is only the start of your weight loss journey - we believe in providing the highest standards of aftercare following your procedure. Your body will need time to heal, and you'll have to stay off work until you feel ready to return. You should also avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for around six weeks. Gastric band recovery time can be discussed with your surgeon before the procedure.

There are a number of different aftercare packages that we offer to help you in your weight loss journey. These will be discussed during your consultation process.

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