You will normally stay in hospital for one night after your procedure, and your surgeon will advise on your personalised care plan following your surgery.
The gastric band is designed to stay with you for life to assist you in achieving your target weight. However, it can be removed if you wanted to reverse the procedure
It’s a weight loss procedure where a silicone ring is placed close to the top of your stomach. This stimulates the nerve endings and helps to make you feel satisfied on smaller portions of food. The band is fully adjustable, and you will need band adjustments every so often to ensure it is optimally adjusted. It is important to make lifestyle changes too in terms of healthy eating and regular activity to achieve the best possible results
Pregnancy after you have had gastric band surgery has not been found to be dangerous; a 2014 study titled Pregnancy after laparoscopic gastric banding: maternal and neonatal outcomes concluded that it’s safe to carry a child while you have a gastric band. Your specialist dietitian will advise you on the best way to manage this both nutritionally and in terms of fluid in the band. However, it’s advisable to wait a year or so after surgery before getting pregnant. If you have any concerns, or you think you might be pregnant, speak to your surgeon and your local GP.
We recommend that you take a week off work to aid your recovery
Gastric bands are designed to help you lose weight gradually. The amount you lose will depend on committing to a healthy lifestyle and following your specialist dietitian’s advice to get the best results for you. The average weight loss after 3 years according to the 2014 National Bariatric Surgery Registry Report is 44-55% of excess weight
This varies from person to person. The first adjustment (if indicated) takes place a minimum of 5 weeks following surgery. Sometimes, simply having the band in place but without being tightened is enough to provide sufficient benefit. However, it usually takes about 4-6 months to reach a level where you are comfortably and consistently losing weight. After the first adjustment, band adjustments must be a minimum of three weeks apart, if indicated. We advise patients to take their lead from our specialist dietitians when deciding whether an adjustment is indicated. This helps you recognise how your own eating patterns and food choices help to activate the fluid in your band and how you can work with it
The exact length of physical recovery time is different for each person. Typically, you’ll be able to leave the hospital a day after your surgery but it’s worth taking a week off work to give yourself time to rest after this. Generally, we advise taking it relatively easy for the first two weeks after surgery and you should be able to resume all your day-to-day activities and exercise regime after six weeks. One of our dedicated and expert dietitians who will be looking after you, will advise you on food and liquids intake during recovery time.
The cost of gastric band surgery may vary, depending on a range of factors. Use our price check to work out how much your surgery could cost. You can choose to pay for your treatment in full or spread the cost out over 24, 36, 48 or 60 months using our finance options. For example, if your procedure costs £6,800, you could pay a £500 deposit on a loan plan at 12.9% APR and pay 48 monthly instalments at £140.78; this would mean you’d pay £8,946.80 in total.
We want you to make a fully informed decision before you go ahead with surgery, so we offer a private consultation at your local clinic free of charge. At your consultation, you’ll meet with a bariatric surgeon to discuss the weight loss options available and whether gastric band surgery is the most suitable procedure for your needs. You’ll be able to ask questions about all aspects of the surgery, from aftercare and dietary changes to the results you can expect. You’ll also meet your patient care coordinator, who will be with you every step of the journey. They will give you a personal quotation of costs and information about finance options, the expected timescale, our surgical facilities and door-to-door transport services.
At your consultation, you can book your surgery if you feel ready, but there’s no obligation to go ahead.Bariatric surgery is a big step and you may want to take time to do more research and think about your decision. We’ll give you a patient information booklet, which provides comprehensive information on your weight loss procedure, aftercare and dietary guidelines.This is an important resource and we require patients to read the detailed information it contains. You’ll also find lots of helpful information here on our website – you can read about our surgeons’ qualifications, THG’s weight loss management expertise and inspiring stories from some of our patients. Our patient care coordinators are available to discuss any concerns you may have. And when you feel ready, they can book you in for your procedure. We also have a 14-day ‘cooling off’ period in place, which means that if you change your mind about the procedure after booking within that period, you will not be charged.
On the day of your surgery, your medical team will make your experience as comfortable as possible and you’ll meet your surgeon again before the procedure. Gastric banding involves placing a fully adjustable silicone ring around the top of the stomach to stimulate specific nerve ending in the stomach wall. Once the band has been adjusted sufficiently, this helps to create a feeling of satisfaction on smaller portions of food. A port is placed under the skin, which is easily accessible for adjustments of the band. Using a keyhole technique means that for most patients there will be very little scarring.
We’ll be here throughout the recovery process to help you recuperate quickly.For gastric band surgery you’ll need to stay in the hospital where your surgery has taken place for at least one night following your procedure. However, sometimes the procedure can be performed as a day case. Each patient is given a personalised care plan, developed on the advice of their surgeon. All THG hospitals are equipped to the highest standards of clinical care and patient comfort.
When you have a gastric band, the surgery is only the start of your journey. At THG, we offer a full package of aftercare support to help you achieve your weight loss goals. You’ll benefit from the following aftercare for up-to 6 years, depending on the package your have purchased: Unlimited band assessments with our highly trained nurses and dietitians, and adjustments when clinically indicated Surgical cover for up-to 6 years including post-op surgery for port adjustment, port replacement, port reconnection, correction for band slippage or erosion, and X-rays Access to a dedicated weight loss support team who can help with booking appointments, emotional support, practical ideas and solutions 24-hour emergency telephone helpline.