The first gastric (laparoscopic) band was fitted in 1993 and since then has been fitted hundreds of times every year.

The gastric band is placed around the top portion of the stomach and this creates a narrow channel. As food passes through into the stomach, this stimulates the vagus nerve and makes you feel fuller on a smaller portion of food. You eat less, feel more satiety and lose weight gradually.

How much food passed into the stomach depends on the tightness of the band – this is a decision determined between yourself, the surgeon or our Bariatric Nurse Specialist, based on your lifestyle and the weight loss journey that is realistic for you.

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The Operation

The gastric band operation is a quick procedure, taking just one hour. You can come into Hospital as a day case, depending on where you live, but most patients chose to have an overnight stay. You can expect to be back at work within two weeks.

The procedure involves the surgeon placing a silicone band around the top section of your stomach. To loosen or tighten the gastric band, fluid is injected into or removed through a filling port (that sits underneath your skin) this is connected to an inflatable ring which sits along the inner part of the band. This element of the procedure can be performed easily in any of our 8 local clinic locations and only takes a few minutes.

You and the future

In order to lose weight you will need to commit to changing the way you eat; the insertion of the band is just the first step in your weight loss journey. You will have to learn to avoid soft or liquid calories, eat healthier foods and chew slowly (if you eat too much or too quickly then you will bring the food back up). Meal portions are usually reduced to approximately half to one cupful of food.

A number of our team have been through the process and are more than willing to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Our unlimited 3 year aftercare package will ensure you are supported regularly and locally during the first three years – when the support is most needed.

Please click here for post-operative Gastric Band diet suggestions.

What are the risks?

The gastric band procedure is relatively low risk; however, in the long term 1 in 10 people could develop a complication that requires them to need further surgery. Complications can include infection, slippage, erosion or leaks. Most problems can be corrected and, in our experience, it is rare that a band should need to be removed. Even if you lose all of your excess weight, the intention is to leave the band in place for life, as taking it out would more than likely result in weight regain.

For further information, guidance or pricing why not call today and speak to one of our qualified, compassionate team members.

Rescue Packages

Our rescue packages are designed for people who have had a gastric band, but may be outside of their package of care, relocated or just want to use a different weight loss provider.

  • Gastric band management – regular appointments at routine clinics with nurse/dietician +/- band adjustments in a calendar year (available to patients who have had a gastric band inserted in the past 2 years)
  • Gastric band assessment (includes x-ray study of band, consultations with surgeon and dietician and report
  • Gastric band repositioning plus 3 follow up appointments (+/- band adjustments)
  • Gastric band replacement plus 3 follow up appointments (+/- band adjustments)
  • Gastric band tubing or port repair/replacement plus 3 follow up appointments (+/- band adjustments)


How much does it cost?

Our Gastric Band prices are dependent on your individual needs as well as your BMI.

Our Gastric Band tailored packages include;

  • Pre-op assessment with a surgeon and dietitian
  • Consultation with a psychologist (optional - incurs extra cost)
  • Surgery fees and hospital stay
  • Treatment of any complications that are evident within the first 6 months of your surgery
  • Unlimited number of regular appointments and band adjustments with the team during your first three years post-op
  • One annual appointment for as long as is required

Charges are made for elective band adjustments (i.e. for reasons other than weight loss or to correct adjustments made by other parties).

Band adjustment with Bariatric Nurse (post 3 years) £90.

Dietetic appointment - post op 3 years £60.

Prices start at just £4,995

Finance options are also available. (Terms and Conditions apply)

Contact us today to talk to a member of our experienced staff who will answer any questions you may have and provide support throughout your weight loss journey.

Gastric Band Success Stories

Peter & Paula

We both made the decision to have surgery and lose weight together – after all, we had put on weight together so this made perfect sense. We were also worried about how our kids were picking up our bad eating habits and we hardly had any energy to play with them so the only exercise they got was at school in PE. Peter had his Gastric Band inserted on his 40th birthday in July 2008 and Paula three weeks later.

It totally changed the way we live and eat – now we look at the nutritional content on food packaging in the supermarket and have replaced the junk foods in our family diet with fruit and vegetables. Paula made low fat versions of the family’s favourite meals. Soon the whole family were out on their bicycles and swimming.

18 months since their gastric band, both Peter and Paula have lost five stone and love the difference it makes to their lives. Paula loves going shopping for fashionable clothes and Peter likes the improvement in their relationship. "Apart from having the kids this is the best thing we’ve ever done" says Paula.

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Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and in such The Bariatric Group cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals as results for each surgery can vary. If you have any questions or would like to know more about weight loss surgery please contact our expert team.

Georgina

My name is Georgina and I am mother to Charlotte (15) and wife to Phil. I have had weight problems as long as I can remember and I was always on the big side. I think I must have tried every diet going, including the expensive diets and dramatic ones, and whilst each one worked for a while, the weight eventually came back on and then some.

It all came to a head a few years ago. I was working as a Theatre nurse and was on my feet all day. I had aching, painful joints and back problems. Psychologically I wasn’t in a very good place either and really didn’t feel I could enjoy family life. My husband and I discussed this in some depth and decided that bariatric surgery was the way forward. We researched the different types, the different companies, the costs and the locations. We decided on a Gastric band and on The Bariatric Group as our preferred supplier. Having chatted with the nursing staff we felt confident with their abilities and what they promised to deliver and felt that the aftercare package was the best around. The rest as they say is history. I have lost 9 stone since my surgery, dropped 10 dress sizes, look and feel so different and I feel my life is just so much better. My family tells me that things have changed so positively for them as well and that I am so much happier in myself. In fact I was so impressed by The Bariatric Group that I now work for them as a Bariatric Nurse providing the same sort of help and support that I was so grateful for on my weight loss journey.

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Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and in such The Bariatric Group cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals as results for each surgery can vary. If you have any questions or would like to know more about weight loss surgery please contact our expert team.

Graham

I lost 7 stone

I was a professional dieter for 25 years. You name it, I had tried it. Yes I lost weight well for a few weeks, but then it all came back on again. Then came the miracle I was hoping for! 20 months ago I saw an advert for The Bariatric Group, which shook me to the bone. They could help me!! I didn't think twice. I had consultations with some fabulous understanding people and, sorry to say, at 23½ stone I fitted the criteria for surgery.

I chose to have a Gastric Band fitted and the day it was the book of my life opened a new chapter. With my dietitian’s advice I have learned to eat nutritious foods and cut the portions down. Bye-bye junk food. My weight has steadily dropped (now 16 stone - only 2 more stone to go now) and in its place I have more confidence, happiness and energy. I can now walk for miles rather than having to stop after a couple of hundred yards to catch my breath. I have always loved stand-up comedy but being able to make a move into it professionally has been the fulfilment of a dream – move over Tank Sherman, hello Slim Wit-Man!

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Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and in such The Bariatric Group cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals as results for each surgery can vary. If you have any questions or would like to know more about weight loss surgery please contact our expert team.

Sam

Losing 8 stone

I was sixteen and a half stone and absolutely loathed it. I tried so many diets then I’d slip up and put it all back on again. Then I saw Anne Diamond on the tele and she’d had a Gastric Band.

It was perfect for me, exactly what I needed. I knew it was the right thing for me to do, and it was, because it has changed my life. I went home the same day. It was surprisingly painless. I have fun in everything I do now. I've got more energy. Now I run up the stairs. Why would you want to stay miserable? Just do it.

Take that step and you will never look back.

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Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and in such The Bariatric Group cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals as results for each surgery can vary. If you have any questions or would like to know more about weight loss surgery please contact our expert tea

Gastric Band Aftercare

3 year Gastric Band aftercare support package*

  • Unlimited band adjustments for 3 years (Gastric Band Unlimited Package)
  • Post-operative X-Ray where required
  • Access to our specialist weight loss team, which includes bariatric surgeons, dietitians and nurses
  • 24-hour emergency telephone helpline
  • 6 months surgical cover
  • A lifetime annual weight monitoring appointment (Please note that this appointment does not include a band adjustment)
  • Band adjustment with Nurse (post 2 years) - £90
  • Dietitian appointment - £60.

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Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and in such The Bariatric Group cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals as results for each surgery can vary. If you have any questions or would like to know more about weight loss surgery please contact our expert team.