Lose 70% of excess weight with the Gastric Band Surgery

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.

The Gastric Band

The Gastric Band is the most well-known form of weight loss surgery in the UK. The procedure is carried out laparoscopically via key-hole incisions in the abdomen.

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How Does It Work?

The adjustable gastric band (also known as the Lap-band) has two main parts. The first is the band itself which is a small, hollow silicone band that is placed around the stomach. The other part is the access port which is small and disc shaped. It is usually about 0.5cm deep. The band and the port are connected by a tube.

So, when you have a band adjustment, we access the port by injecting into it with a syringe. We inject a small amount of saline (salt water). As we inject more fluid into the band it tracks up the tubing and causes the band to tighten around the stomach. Equally, by removing fluid from the band we can cause it to loosen around the stomach.

How Much Does it Cost?

The price of gastric band surgery varies depending on a number of factors such as location and BMI. Click the button below to get a personalised quote

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Our Patients lose 10% more weight after 2 years when using the Healthier Weight APP*

We are proud to be the only weight loss surgery provider in the UK to offer our very own app as part of your surgery package. The app is packed with features to make your weight loss journey easier, more fun and more interactive.

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Common FAQs

It is impossible to be precise because criteria vary between Trust areas. What we can say is that very few Trusts offer gastric band surgery. There are a number of reasons for this, the main one being that the patients they treat tend to be both heavier and higher risk than those we see in private practice, meaning that the gastric sleeve or gastric bypass is the better option. The other challenge that gastric bands pose for the NHS is that patients require long term follow up in specialist clinics and this can be a burden to maintain. The sleeve and bypass procedures certainly require less follow up.

If you are in a part of the country where your local NHS Trust does gastric band surgery, and your GP refers you, you are likely to have a BMI of 45kg/m2 or over and have one or more weight related co-morbidities, e.g. type 2 diabetes. It’s important to remember that patients only become eligible for weight loss surgery on the NHS when they have followed a long term non surgical weight loss programme. This can pose a very practical barrier for most patients. These obstacles are not present for private practice patients.

Your long term success with your procedure is dependent on high quality aftercare. Anyone who has had weight loss surgery will tell you this is crucial. All too frequently, overseas surgery packages have no aftercare.

In the UK surgeon outcomes are monitored closely. There is a duty of candour and transparency. In many overseas countries the same standards do not apply.

We have seen many botched procedures from overseas that come with limited aftercare and warranties. You won’t receive any support from any serious problems that arise post-op, and you will ultimately go onto the NHS waiting list for your procedure to be put right.

Based on our patient data, the risk of gastric band slippage with Healthier Weight is 1% (1 in 100) although the national average is 4-5% (4-5 in 100). By following our post-op diet recommendations both immediately after surgery and then in the long term (eating small portions, slowly), you can reduce your risk of slippage.

With a gastric band, you may eat most foods that don’t cause you discomfort. However, because you can only eat small amounts, it is important to include foods which are rich in protein but low in fat and sugar. We encourage you to eat vegetables, fruit, whole grains, lean meat and fish. You will receive detailed nutritional information following your band surgery.

There are not really any foods that you should avoid, and that is one of the benefits of the gastric band. In order to maximise your weight loss, however, it is important to avoid or reduce the calories you consume through soft foods or liquids. When you are eating soft foods the ‘squeezing’ of food through the stomach doesn’t occur and you will not get the early feeling of fullness that you want. So, a band gives you complete flexibility but you need to be careful about the textures of what you eat. Following the advice that we provide on eating with a band will give you the best possible chance of successful weight loss, and minimise eating discomfort.

Specialist bariatric dietitian, Van Patel, has written this article explaining how to eat with a gastric band.

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