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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
As a guide, however, complications and risks can sometimes include gastric band scars, bleeding, infection, pain, or reflux.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Clear, competitive costs and flexible finance options to help you move towards your weight loss goals, whatever your budget.
We are with you every step of the way on your weight loss journey.
As a responsible provider of weight loss surgery, we appreciate that each patient we see has their own special requirements. We'll tailor our treatment plans to your unique needs. And it all starts with a free consultation, where we'll talk about the options that are suitable for you.
There are several finance options to choose from, ranging from paying outright to spreading the cost over a number of years.
We know that deciding to have weight loss treatment is a major decision. Through creating your own bespoke treatment plan, however, we'll also make sure that it's right for your budget. We carry out all finance applications free of charge and there's never any obligation to go ahead with treatment.
You can also use our simple price check form to find out how much private gastric band surgery could cost. For more information about all our flexible finance plans, please visit our Pricing and Finance page.
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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 finance options available, 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.
THE GASTRIC BAND SURGERY
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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