The gastric band is designed to stay with you for life to assist you in getting to your target weight. However, it can be removed if you want to reverse the procedure.
Occasionally patients experience problems such as heartburn. If this doesn’t respond to medication, it may be advisable to remove the gastric band and convert to a different procedure. If band slippage or erosion has occurred, this may also require the band to be removed.
Some patients decide to convert to a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve to help them to fully achieve their weight loss goals.
The sleeve is a procedure that reduces the stomach size. It is less invasive than the bypass, which involves reducing the stomach size and re-routing and re-connecting the intestines.
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 removal or conversion 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. As with fitting a gastric band, removal of the band is keyhole surgical procedure under general anaesthetic. This involves removing the silicone ring from the top of the stomach and removing the port. If you decide to go ahead with conversion surgery, the gastric band will be removed first. Read more about converting to a gastric bypass or a gastric sleeve.
We’ll be here throughout the recovery process to help you recuperate quickly. For gastric band removal surgery you’ll normally need to stay in the hospital where your surgery has taken place for at least one night following your procedure. 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 conversion, 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 two years: · Access to a dedicated weight loss support team who can help with booking appointments, emotional support, practical ideas and solutions · Specialist support from a bariatric surgeon, dieticians and nurses · Surgical cover for 6 months · 24-hour emergency telephone helpline.