When you’re deciding whether to have surgery, it’s reassuring to have all the facts. You’ll be able to ask any questions at your consultation, but here are some that our patients most frequently ask.
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.
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, bandadjustments 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.
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.