Enquire about gastric band adjustment
Enquire about gastric band adjustment

The minimum age for any consultation and a surgical procedure is 18. It is not possible to proceed with treatment if you become pregnant.

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Gastric band adjustments, what you need to know

A gastric band adjustment may be necessary to bring your weight loss rate up to an optimum level.

Gastric band surgery could be an option for you if you have struggled to lose and maintain weight loss with diet and exercise alone. This involves a silicone band  placed around a section of the stomach, triggering nerve endings that reduce appetite, so you feel satisfied with smaller portions.

Here at The Hospital Group, we understand that every patient in our care has different needs and so, after gastric band surgery, your band will need adjusting to get the level of control just right for you. The first gastric band adjustment is usually made five weeks after surgery has taken place which involves either adding or removing saline fluids from the band in a short, nurse-led procedure with no downtime involved.

Further band adjustments may be made afterwards, depending on the stage you’re at in your weight loss journey. Often, around three to six adjustments are necessary to over the first six to 12 months following surgery to achieve an optimum level of control to ensure the band is working to the best of its ability. To determine whether you may need a gastric band adjustment, get in touch with our weight loss support team today.

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Why are gastric band adjustments needed?

Ideally, a gastric band should help you to feel fuller for longer with smaller meals.

It should help you lose weight at a steady rate of about 1 to 2 lbs per week and once you have reached a healthy weight, your gastric band will help you maintain this.

Your gastric band may need tightening to work more efficiently if you’re still feeling hungry and eating large portions. Or if you’re experiencing reflux heartburn, difficulty swallowing, regurgitation or a night cough, these could be signs that your gastric band is too tight and should be adjusted to a looser fit.

If you’re not satisfied with your weight loss following gastric band surgery, or feel uncomfortable in any way, speak to a member of our friendly team today. We’ll arrange a full clinical assessment with a bariatric nurse who will evaluate your hunger levels, dietary intake, portion size, weight loss or gain and other factors to determine whether your gastric band needs filling or aspirating, and to what level.

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How are gastric band adjustments performed?

Gastric band adjustments are simple procedures performed by our fully qualified nurses.

Your first gastric band fill will take place around six weeks after weight loss surgery and may be followed by several more adjustments over the course of the first year, until an optimum level of pressure is achieved.

To make the adjustment, the nurse locates the gastric band by feeling below the sternum and cleans the area over the gastric band port. A needle is inserted through the skin and into the port, and saline is either added or removed to increase or decrease the level of pressure created by the gastric band.

Gastric band fills are minimally invasive and last about 15 minutes. Afterwards, you should be able to resume your day-to-day life immediately. If your rate of weight loss is still not optimal following an adjustment, the procedure can be carried out again a few weeks later.

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Who performs gastric band adjustments?

Our patients are at the heart of what we do - the decision to adjust your gastric band is only made after a thorough clinical assessment to establish that the fill or aspiration is the best option for you.

All our bariatric nurses are experts in caring for weight loss surgery patients. Fully qualified and registered, our professional staff are specialists in delivering exceptional care, both before and after weight loss surgery.

Find out more by speaking to one of our friendly team today. We can give you all the information you’ll need about gastric band adjustments.

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Gastric band adjustment FAQs

Gastric band adjustment FAQs

The gastric band is designed to be adjustable to allow an optimal level of restriction. This allows it to be inflated or deflated as required, helping you to find the right level of control for your individual weight loss journey


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Your adjustments will be made by your specialist nurse or dietitian


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Depending on whether you choose a bronze, silver or gold gastric band package, you will have access to 12-32 band adjustments (where clinically indicated) within you aftercare period. Once your aftercare comes to an end, you can purchase single band adjustments or additional gastric band packages. 


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No, your gastric band adjustments will take place at your local clinic. 


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No, your gastric band adjustments are straightforward. The area maybe slightly tender for a short while afterwards but not so much that this will require time off work.


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Your nurse or dietitian will provide specialist advise following your gastric band adjustment about your post-band adjustment diet. This is typically back to fluids for around 1-2 days, then a soft diet for similar before progressing back onto textures, allowing any swelling to settle. Your expert will discuss this with you at your appointment. 


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