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The Gastric Band
The gastric band is the safest weight loss procedure, and for many it’s also the best. With a track record stretching back 25 years, it’s proven to be safe and effective. Our team has done over 20,000 band procedures and it’s an option everyone contemplating weight loss surgery should consider. Above all others, there are two key requirements for success with the band:
Your weight loss with a gastric band will be a little slower than with the sleeve or bypass, and the total weight loss may be a little lower, but this is compensated for by a number of benefits the other two do not offer. Your band procedure is reversible, it can be done as a day case, any complications are generally easier to manage and it’s cheaper. Find out how much weight you can lose here.
How Much Does it Cost?
Our gastric band package is the most comprehensive in the UK. Your personal quotation will vary according to your medical history, surgical requirements, length of stay and location. View the gastric band cost and finance here.
How Does it Work?
The band has to be viewed as a tool to help you manage your weight. You will need to make a commitment to change the types of food you eat and how you eat them, and when you do this the band will help you feel full on a smaller portion. So, although the band does not suppress appetite, it gives a feeling of fullness on a smaller portion.
The gastric band device is surgically implanted and placed around the stomach. It effectively separates the stomach into two parts, a small “pouch” above the band, which is about the size of a golf ball, and the remainder of the stomach below the band.
The food you eat is squeezed through the gastric band and this squeezing stimulates the vagal nerves around the stomach, sending signals to your brain that you are no longer hungry after eating less than you would otherwise. So, the band works by encouraging a feeling of fullness on a smaller portion rather than suppressing your appetite. Read more about how the band works here.