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Gastric band surgery

We’re the UK’s most trusted weight loss & cosmetic surgery provider

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We understand that weight loss isn’t easy, and how frustrating it is when your efforts don’t seem to get you closer to the results you’re hoping to achieve. If you have a BMI (body mass index) over 30 and your attempts to lose weight through dieting and exercise have so far proved unsuccessful, a gastric band could be the weight-loss tool that helps you start the journey to a new you.

How does a gastric band work, exactly?

Gastric band surgery, also commonly known as lap band surgery, helps with weight loss by stimulating nerve endings at the top of your stomach. This reduces your appetite and allows you to feel satisfied on smaller portions of food. Gastric band surgery is a keyhole procedure that is reversible, so the band can be removed, and is less invasive than a gastric sleeve or gastric bypass operation. To ensure the gastric band assists your weight loss successfully, it will require adjustment after your procedure.

As the UK’s leading weight loss and cosmetic surgery provider, since 2004 we’ve helped more than 18,000 people lose weight – in some cases more than 10 stone –  through private gastric band surgery. Offering significant health benefits, having a gastric band fitted could be the start of your journey to a more active and fulfilling lifestyle.

If you think you could benefit from lap band surgery, get in touch today by calling 0121 445 7549, emailing [email protected], or book a free consultation to discuss how we can support your weight-loss journey.

Why choose The Hospital Group for your gastric band?

As the UK’s largest provider of weight loss and cosmetic surgery, our expert GMC-registered surgeons perform thousands of procedures every year. We’re proud to provide an exceptional surgical experience to those patients who put their trust in our care. Here are some of the benefits of choosing us for your private gastric band surgery:

  • Surgery performed by highly qualified bariatric surgeons: Only the most experienced surgeons perform gastric band operations at The Hospital Group. All our surgeons are General Medical Council-registered and have a huge amount of expertise and experience – so you can rest assured you’re in great hands. Prior to your operation, your bariatric surgeon will take the time to listen to your goals so that they can find the best solution for you.
  • The only weight-loss surgery provider to offer up to 6 years aftercare and surgical warranty: We provide unique gastric band surgery packages, all of which include comprehensive aftercare and surgical warranty to give you the ultimate peace of mind.
  • Medical support from our nursing team: Take advantage of the full medical support provided by our caring and expert nursing team, including clinical review appointments arranged at your convenience.
  • Full weight-loss journey care: We provide exceptional professional care from your first consultation through to your comprehensive aftercare. Your lap band surgery will take place at one of our specialist hospitals in the UK, all of which offer the highest standard of care throughout your weight-loss journey.
  • Additional packages: Choose additional care and services, and benefit further from the care provided by our weight-loss support team.

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How long is the recovery time following gastric band surgery?

Physical recovery following a gastric band operation will differ from person to person. As a general guide, though, the procedure typically has a shorter recovery time than any other type of bariatric surgery, and most patients can leave hospital within a day of their operation. The majority of people find they can return to work following a week of rest, with normal activity to be expected within six weeks.

Returning to a normal diet takes on average four weeks after having a gastric band fitted. Your dietitian will provide you with all the details on what you should eat and drink following surgery. Usually, you will be advised to follow a fluid-only diet for two weeks, then a soft diet for two weeks. Following this, you should be able to progress back onto solid food. Your dietitian will provide detailed advice on the progression through each stage.

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How much do I need to weigh to get a gastric band?

Qualification for gastric band surgery is based on BMI rather than weight. Your BMI is calculated using your weight and height, so one person who weighs a certain amount may qualify, while another person may not.

Although the minimum BMI required for prospective patients is 30, whether you are most suited to having gastric band surgery or a different weight-loss procedure will also depend on your medical conditions. You’ll be able to discuss all the details of surgery suitability with your weight-loss expert during your initial consultation.

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Gastric band surgery frequently asked questions

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When you’re deciding whether to have lap band surgery, it’s reassuring to have all the facts. You’ll be able to ask any questions you like at your consultation, but here are some that our patients most frequently ask.

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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.

What gastric band packages do we offer?

Like all weight-loss procedures, the success of your gastric band surgery will very much depend on your motivation to lead a healthy lifestyle. Our plus, prime and premium packages are all designed to ensure you have the support you need to achieve and maintain your personal weight-loss goals.

All of our gastric band surgery packages include:

  • Regular expert dietitian appointments
  • Gastric band adjustments and support from our bariatric nurses
  • Surgical cover for the entire length of your package
  • Access to a 24-hour emergency helpline
  • Free 12-month membership to slimming support club BandBoozled
  • Option of private transport to and from surgery

Prime, plus and premium packages come with different levels of support. Your patient advisor will help you choose the package that meets your needs best. To get an idea of the key differences, here are some of the benefits that come with each different package:

  • 12 band adjustments
  • 6 dietitian appointments
  • 1-year surgical cover

  • 18 band adjustments
  • 12 dietitian appointments
  • 2-year surgical cover

  • 32 band adjustments
  • 18 dietitian appointments
  • 6-year surgical cover

What are gastric band side effects?

As with any surgery, the gastric band procedure also carries potential side effects. They can differ from person to person, and your surgeon will discuss with you what to expect before you undergo surgery. Some gastric band side effects include:

  • Initial wound irritation

In the days and weeks following gastric band surgery, you may experience bruising, swelling, and generalised pain and discomfort around your wounds during recovery. It’s important to discuss this with your support team to ensure infection isn’t missed.

  • Stomach upset

If you move too quickly through the post-operative gastric band diet stages, eat too fast, take mouthfuls that are too large or don’t chew properly, you may experience some side effects after your surgery. These may include feeling uncomfortable after eating, feeling sick or vomiting after the band has been fitted. This is why it’s vitally important to follow the gastric band diet plan outlined by your care team to reduce these risks.

There are also some gastric band complications you could experience following surgery, which may include:

  • Infection

An infection could develop around the wound, or around the gastric band itself on your stomach. However, lap band surgery side effects like infection are uncommon in our hospitals, as we offer the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

  • Abdomen injury

As the procedure involves placing the device in your stomach, lap band surgery side effects can include injury to your stomach or other organs in your abdomen.

  • Gastric band movement

The band itself can move, slip, or deflate. If this happens, further surgery would need to be carried out to move or replace the gastric band. In some instances, the band may need to be completely removed.

  • Gallstones

Gallstones form in the gallbladder and can be very painful as they pass through the body. These can occur after gastric band surgery if you lose weight rapidly and can require surgery to be removed.

More details on gastric band surgery

At The Hospital Group, we’re here to look after you. As UK market leaders in weight-loss management, we offer advice you can trust, treatment based on your individual needs, and support throughout your journey with us. Here’s a step-by-step guide to what you can expect from your gastric band operation.

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We want you to make a fully informed decision before you go ahead with gastric band surgery, so we offer a private consultation at your local clinic free of charge. At your consultation, you’ll meet with one of our expert bariatric surgeons to discuss the weight loss options available and whether gastric band surgery is the most suitable procedure for your needs. You’ll be able to ask questions about all aspects of the surgery, from aftercare and gastric band diet plans to the results you can expect. You’ll also meet your patient advisor, who will be with you every step of your journey. They’ll give you a personal quotation for the gastric band cost in our UK clinics, as well as information about finance options, the expected timescale, our surgical facilities and available door-to-door transport services.

At your consultation, you can book your surgery if you feel ready, but there’s no obligation to go ahead. Bariatric surgery is a big step and you may want to take time to do more research and think about your decision. We’ll give you a patient information booklet, which provides comprehensive details regarding your weight-loss procedure, aftercare and the lap band diet restrictions. This is an important resource and we require patients to read the detailed information it contains. You’ll also find lots of helpful information here on our website; you can read about our surgeons’ qualifications including their General Medical Council registrations, our weight loss management expertise, and inspiring stories from some of our patients. Our patient advisors are available to discuss any concerns you may have, and when you feel ready, they can book you in for your gastric band procedure. We also have a 14-day ‘cooling off’ period in place, which means that if you change your mind about the procedure after booking within that period, you will not be charged.

On the day of your gastric band surgery, your medical team will make your experience as comfortable as possible and you’ll meet your surgeon again before the procedure. Gastric banding involves placing a fully adjustable silicone ring around the top of the stomach to stimulate specific nerve endings in the stomach wall. Once the band has been adjusted sufficiently, this helps to create a feeling of satisfaction on smaller portions of food. A port is placed under the skin, which is easily accessible for adjustments of the band. Using a keyhole technique means that most patients will have very minimal gastric band scars.

We’ll be here throughout the recovery process to help you recuperate quickly. For gastric band surgery, you’ll need to stay in the hospital where your surgery has taken place for at least one night following your procedure. However, sometimes the procedure can be performed as a day case. Each patient is given a personalised care plan, developed on the advice of their surgeon. All of our hospitals are equipped to the highest standards of clinical care and are Care Quality Commission registered, offering superior patient comfort.

When you have a gastric band fitted, the surgery is only the start of your journey. At The Hospital Group, we offer three different comprehensive aftercare packages to help you achieve your weight-loss goals. The level of benefits you can enjoy will depend on the package you’ve purchased, but may include band assessments with our highly trained nurses and dietitians, and adjustments when clinically indicated; surgical cover for up to six years including post-op surgery for port adjustment; port replacement and/or reconnection; correction for band slippage or erosion, and X-rays. You’ll also have access to a 24-hour emergency helpline and a dedicated weight-loss support team who can help with booking appointments and emotional support.

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