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. It is the most popular weight loss surgery option, and made famous by high-profile success stories such as Fern Britton, Sharon Osborne and our very own Tina Malone from Shameless. Surgery of this kind generally results in a 50% to 60% excess weight loss in 2 years.
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.
Gastric bands are also reversible and adjustable. Gastric Band Adjustments are made to suit weight loss requirements and to ensure a realistic, achievable weight loss of 1 or 2 lbs a week. 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 permanently 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 ideal long-term weight loss rate, it can be adjusted without surgery.
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 healthy weight loss amount of around 1-2lb per week, you will need to eat healhily 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 fron 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 and staying at that 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 getting pregnant in fact weight loss can increase fertility,
If you do become pregnant, you may need to have the band loosened slightly if you are experiencing morning sickness and/or to increase your food intake as weight loss is not recommended during pregnancy.
Unlimited Aftercare & Dietitian Support
Whether you have a gastric band, bypass, sleeve or balloon, your weight loss procedure is only the start of your journey. All these procedures are tremendous tools for weight loss and you can lose dramatic amounts of body weight, but it’s not entirely effortless. 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 get the best weight loss result for you. We believe it’s the best aftercare support package available and it’s designed to help you get the best weight loss results.
Gastric Band Aftercare
If you would like to learn more regarding this weight loss surgery procedure then why not 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.
There is no guarantee of specific results and that the results can vary.