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Gastric Band

The Gastric Band also known as a stomach band or a Lap band is an inflatable silicone ring that is placed around the top of the stomach. It is often known as the ultimate portion controller or the gastric band diet, keeping you feeling fuller for longer.

The procedure is recommended for weight loss patients whose BMI is 30 or over (BMI Calculator), and who want a quick recovery as Gastric Band Surgery is ‘Keyhole’ or Laparoscopic and so less invasive. In addition, stomach bands may greatly improve Type 2 Diabetes, Dyslipidaemia, the amount of hypertensive medication taken, reduce continuous positive airway pressures machines for sleep apnoea, reflux disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, stress incontinence episodes, asthma episodes, joint/muscle pain and generally improve the quality of life.

We have now introduced new aftercare packages and gastric band price options which start from just £4,995. This package price includes 2 years surgical cover as well as 2 years on unlimited band adjustments and dietitian support. The other package is £5,950 which includes 4 years surgical cover and 4 years unlimited band adjustments.

When the stomach band is optimally adjusted it compresses the top of the stomach, sending signals to the brain to generate a sense of fullness.

How a Gastric Band Works

The diagram shows the Gastric Band (Lap Band) in place around the top of the stomach. It is a ‘confining’ device that is placed around the upper part of the stomach during Gastric Band Surgery making the stomach into an ‘hour-glass’ shape. The new, small, upper stomach pouch is about the size of a golf ball, with the larger part of the stomach sitting below the gastric band. It compresses the top of the stomach – this is why it is placed so high up. This compression causes certain nerve endings in your stomach wall to be stimulated, which effectively ‘tricks’ your brain into thinking your stomach is full. In other words, it means your appetite is reduced. As the new, smaller, upper part of the stomach quickly fills with food, the sensation of being full is achieved sooner and provides the signal to stop eating. Further, the ‘flow’ of the small portion eaten through to the lower part of the stomach is controlled by the Gastric Band, helping you to feel fuller for longer. The drier the texture of food, the slower it will pass through the opening created by the band.

The Gastric Bands used during Gastric Band Surgery by The Hospital Group are made by Allergan. Their American lapband website provides further information and some interesting customer Stomach Band Testimonials.

The least invasive surgical option, Allows individualized band size for long-term weight loss rate, it can be adjusted without surgery.

Gastric Band

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the hospital stay?

It is a one night stay

How long will I need off work?

It is recommended that you take a week off work.

How much weight will I lose?

The gastric band is designed to assist you in a gradual weight loss. You will need to eat healthily and follow the dietitian support and advice to get the best results from the band.

How often will I need an adjustment?

This will depend on your weight loss and the restriction the band is giving you. It varies from person to person, some patients will find they only need one or two adjustments to give enough restriction for a gradual weight loss. You cannot have band fills any more frequently than 4 weeks apart.

Can it be removed?

The gastric band is designed to stay with you for life to assist you in getting to your target weight. It can however be removed if you wanted to reverse the procedure.

Can I get pregnant while I have a band fitted?

Yes the band will not affect you from getting pregnant.
If you do become pregnant, you may need to have the band loosened slightly if you are experiencing morning sickness.

Unlimited Aftercare & Dietitian Support

Whether you have a gastric band, bypass, or sleeve, your weight loss procedure is the start of your journey. All these procedures are tools for weight loss. You have to work with it and adhere to aftercare advice following obesity surgery. That’s why The Hospital Group includes market-leading aftercare packages with all our obesity procedures. We ensure that you are supported every step of the way with dietary and exercise advice to help you achieve your best weight loss goals.

Gastric Band Aftercare

Gastric Band Package
2 years surgical cover. Initial cover which includes further surgery to the port and/or band for 2 years post op
Unlimited band adjustments for 2 years
Access to our specialist weight-loss support team which includes bariatric surgeons, specialist dieticians and nurses
24 hour emergency telephone helpline
A free no obligation cosmetic surgery consultation with a GMC registered cosmetic surgeon, plus a £250 cosmetic surgery discount post band
Continued dedicated weight loss support team post 2 years
Weight Loss Package 2
4 years surgical cover. Full Comprehensive 4 year warranty which includes further surgery to the port and/or band for 4 years post op
Unlimited band adjustments for 4 years
Access to our specialist weight-loss support team which includes bariatric surgeons, specialist dieticians and nurses
24 hour emergency telephone helpline
A free no obligation cosmetic surgery consultation with a GMC registered cosmetic surgeon, plus a £250 cosmetic surgery discount post band
Continued dedicated weight loss support team post 4 years

Consultation

If you would like to learn more about this weight loss surgery procedure then book a free, no obligation consultation with a GMC registered bariatric surgeon and dedicated patient care co-ordinator.

At your consultation you will be able to discuss the procedure in detail and ask any questions you may have. Many of our patient care co-ordinators have in fact had a procedure themselves so can share their experience with you first hand.

 

 

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Dolan Park

Birmingham Clinic
Stoney Lane
Bromsgrove
Nr Birmingham
B60 1LY

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There is no guarantee of specific results and that the results can vary.

* There is no guarantee of specific results and that the results can vary.
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