“Apart from having the kids, this is the best thing we’ve ever done….”
Feel more satisfied and lose weight gradually
At this point you probably have many questions. Is a Gastric Band right for you? What is involved? How long does it take? What makes The Bariatric Group such specialists for the people in the South of England?
Let’s try to put your mind to rest…
Who are we?
Specialists in weight loss surgery, The Bariatric Group started the service in 2003 and now have seven surgeons, undertaking operations in four towns/cities in the South of England. You can meet the team here.
We hold clinics and/or perform surgery in Taunton, Plymouth, Poole, Bristol, London, Truro and Southampton. See all of our locations. Our team of experienced professionals is here to partner with you throughout your journey – we want to help you achieve your weight loss and health improvement goals.
The Gastric Band
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 satisfied 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 and the surgeon or our Bariatric Nurse Specialist, based on your lifestyle and the weight loss journey that is realistic for you.
Click here to see the rules of a gastric band.
What are the risks?
The gastric band procedure is relatively low risk; however, in the long term a percentage of patients 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.
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 six months of your surgery.
- Unlimited number of regular appointments and band adjustments with the team during your first three years post-op.
- One annual weight monitoring 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 op 3 years) £90.
Dietetic appointment – post op 3 years £60.
Prices are dependant on the level of aftercare that you require.
Finance options are also available. (Terms and Conditions apply)
Please 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. You can reach us by calling 0808 281 8000, emailing us or use our contact form below.
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 choose 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 eight local clinic locations and only takes a few minutes.
Gastric Band aftercare
Three year Gastric Band aftercare support package*
- Unlimited band adjustments for three 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.
- Six 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.
*Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and as such The Bariatric Group cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals, 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.
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 by two thirds in size.
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 three year aftercare package will ensure you are supported regularly and locally during the first three years – when the support is most needed.
If you would like further information or you have any questions, why not arrange an appointment or simply call a member of our staff who will then guide you through the procedure and answer them for you.
Shall we begin?
Contact us at The Bariatric Group today for a confidential, no-obligation chat to find out if the Gastric Band is the right fit for your weight loss and health improvement goals.
Call us at 0808 281 8000
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