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Professor Franco Favretti

Professor Franco Favretti

Prof Franco Favretti
As one of the most experienced obesity surgeons in the world, widely considered as the father of gastric banding, we are highly privileged that Professor Favretti has chosen to work exclusively for Healthier Weight in the UK. As a result of his unparalleled expertise and experience, Healthier Weight patients benefit from the best possible surgical outcomes and weight loss success.



Career profile

  • Graduated from University of Padua, Italy
  • Qualified as a general surgeon and thoracic surgeon. Performed laparoscopic surgery as early as 1991 and obesity (bariatric) surgery as early as 1983
  • Worked with Dr Kuzmak to turn his concept of an adjustable gastric band into reality, culminating in the first implantation of the first LAP-BAND by Belachew in 1993 
  • Performed the second ever gastric band implantation just one week later
  • Developed the surgical technique for the laparoscopic gastric band used by most surgeons worldwide today 
  • Pioneered new procedures such as SILS. In 2009 for Healthier Weight, he was the first to implant a gastric band by single incision rather than the standard 4 or 5 incisions. Implanting the band through the belly button means our patients benefit from a gastric band procedure which leaves no visible scars
  • Performed international workshops where over 120 surgeons worldwide were given "hands-on" training on the laparotomic and laparoscopic application of LAP-BAND
  • Published more than 150 medical articles in world journals including the British Journal of Surgery, Surgical Endoscopy, Obesity Surgery, Journal de Coelio-Chirurgie, Surgical Laparoscopy & Endoscopy, International Surgery, Hepato-Gastroenterology

Procedures and specialisms


Current positions and membership

  • GMC Number: 6143563
  • Head of Surgery at Vicenza Regional Hospital, Italy
  • Teaches at the European University of Laparoscopic Surgergy, France and the School of Laparoscopic Surgery, Italy
  • Regularly delivers lectures and masterclasses and performs live procedures in front of audiences worldwide
  • Member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
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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.