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Laproscopic gastric band surgery

Gastric banding for weight loss

Our experienced bariatric surgeons specialise in minimally invasive weight-loss surgery, including gastric banding

About

Being overweight can increase your risk of serious conditions including diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

If your body mass index (BMI) is over 35, your consultant may recommend lap band surgery to help you lose weight and improve your overall health.

Need to know

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    A lap band, also known as a gastric band, works by reducing the amount of food you eat. The procedure involves placing an adjustable silicone ring around the top of your stomach to create a small pouch. This pouch restricts the amount of food that can pass through to your stomach and helps you to feel full faster.

    The operation is done under general anaesthetic, meaning you'll be asleep. Your surgeon will make a few small cuts on your abdomen and use tiny surgical instruments along with a special operating telescope to guide them during the operation. These small cuts are then closed with stitches.

    The procedure usually takes one to two hours.
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    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have.

    They'll let you know how to prepare, including any special dietary requirements in the days leading up to your procedure. Because you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll also let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand.

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
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    You'll usually be cared for in hospital overnight after your procedure. Your consultant will let you know what to expect and tell you when you can get back to your normal routine.

    They'll also explain your dietary restrictions, including if and for how long you should stick to a liquid diet. You may need to return in a few weeks to have your band tightened. The band can be removed once you've achieved your target weight loss.

    On average, people can lose between 50-65% of their excess weight within two years of having a lap band. Regular exercise and healthy eating habits will help to improve your results.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

We offer this treatment at a fixed price at some of our facilities.
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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