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Gastric Band Aftercare

Surgical warranty

Why is Aftercare so Important?

The money you spend on your gastric band is an investment in weight loss and the return on that investment hinges on the quality of your aftercare. Put simply, to get good and safe long term weight loss from your band it needs correct adjustment. That means adjustments at the right time, of the right amount and by a properly trained bariatric (weight loss) nurse.

As a Healthier Weight band patient you’ll receive unlimited band adjustments free of charge for 2 years. Those adjustments will be carried out by our specialist team of bariatric nurses. You are likely to need 6-8 band adjustments in the first 6 months to get your band working just right for you. This cannot be rushed and it’s important to avoid the temptation to over fill the band too soon for reasons explained in the following section.

The Healthier Weight Gastric Band Aftercare Package includes*:

  • Up to 5 years surgical warranty cover
  • 2 years UNLIMITED clinic gastric band adjustments 
  • FREE Pre and Post-op diet plan (worth £157) for 5 days before and 4 weeks after your band operation
  • One X-ray adjustment should we need to assess band positioning or functionality 
  • Scheduled support from the bariatric nursing team in immediate post-operative period and 'open door' policy at all other times 
  • Post-operative clinical review with bariatric nurse at 2 weeks  
  • Gastric band handbook with advice on nutrition, physical activity and the 10-Success Rules
  • Emergency Helpline
  • Identity card for your wallet/purse
  • Discounted long-term care package


UK FIRST! 5 Year Band Warranty now available in all band packages

Post-operative complication rates for the gastric band are low, but even in the best centres they do happen from time to time. Any provider who does not explain band complications and their incidence is not giving you the full story. The common recognised complications are:

  • Device failure - port or tubing leakage
  • Flipped access port
  • Access port infection
  • Band slippage
  • Band erosion

 

If you experience one of these complications and you do not have a warranty you would have to pay again to have revisional surgery in a specialist hospital by a specialist surgeon. You should assume that your risk of experiencing one of these complications within 2 years is 1 in 20. In some other centres the risk is far higher.

Because our complication rates are so low we are the only provider able to offer a 5 year band warranty with our band packages. It means you have financial peace of mind safe in the knowledge you’ll be cared for in a specialist centre, and at no additional cost. You are free to concentrate on maximising your weight loss. 

Surgery success - Juliet
"Lack of support from another provider had left me failing with my band" - Juliet

*Weight loss surgery results and benefits differ for each individual. Results cannot be guaranteed

Consequences of choosing the wrong band provider

Healthier Weight has built a reputation as the UK’s leading gastric band aftercare clinic and we were recently chosen to train NHS doctors and nurses. We also run the national gastric band rescue service to help patients of other providers, often who went overseas for surgery. Our experience shows us that band patients suffer from 3 main problems when they make the wrong choice for aftercare.

1. Over tightening (over filling) of the band

This is the most common problem with painful and expensive consequences. Best practice is to adjust the band slowly over several appointments to achieve the right fill volume based on the patient's individual needs. Some clinics over tighten the band, perhaps due to commercial pressures or sometimes at the patient's request. This can cause short term vomiting and nausea which is uncomfortable but the bigger problem is that over time it can lead to pouch dilatation (a stretched pouch above the band). This usually results in surgery to remove the band, at the patient’s expense.

At Healthier Weight: Our patients receive band adjustments free of charge for the first 2 years and are advised that 6-8 band adjustments should be expected over 6 months to get their band working perfectly for them. 

2. Port leakage

When a band is adjusted, saline is injected into a port below the skin using a syringe. In order to protect the port and prevent leakage, the clinician needs to accurately locate the port and inject into the centre at a 90 degree angle. To do so correctly requires skill, knowledge and experience.

At Healthier Weight: Our nurses see band patients every day of the week and are highly skilled, knowledgeable and experienced. That's why your risk of port leakage with Healthier Weight is below 1%. 

3.Tubing perforation

This is uncommon but a problem that requires surgery if it occurs. It is usually caused by either a device failure (the tubing splits due to a fault in manufacture) or because the clinician missed the port during a band adjustment, injecting the tubing in error.

At Healthier Weight: We ensure that each nurse knows where our surgeons place the port so they are able to locate it quickly and accurately. With Healthier Weight your risk of tubing failure is below 1%.

*Length of warranty cover and inclusion of free surgery diet plan depend on aftercare package chosen 
Call our specialist team today on 0800 313 4618 or Get a quote

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*Weight loss surgery results and benefits differ for each individual. Results cannot be guaranteed

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*Weight loss surgery results and benefits vary and are different for each individual. As such, Healthier Weight cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals.