Gastric band surgery in Leeds
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Why choose Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital for my gastric band?
Yorkshire's largest private hospital is home to a pioneering team of bariatric surgeons. They have performed well over 5,000 successful operations between them and are amongst the leading gastric band experts in the UK.
Our modern hospital is conveniently located in the heart of Leeds. State-of-the-art facilities and equipment allow our renowned surgeons and nurses to provide the highest standards of treatment and care.
We take a holistic approach when it comes to your well-being. Weight loss surgery is a life-changing operation, so we want to make sure you have all the expert help you need throughout your journey.
We offer a comprehensive treatment package that includes:
- End-to-end support from your chosen bariatric specialist surgeon
- Patiend collection and drop off service to and from the hospital
- Nutritional advice from a Nuffield Health dietician
- Lifestyle and behavioural change support from a Nuffield Health psychologist
- A 3-month membership at your local Nuffield Health gym to support a healthy lifestyle.
Is gastric band surgery right for me?
If your BMI score is over 40, gastric band surgery could help you to achieve long-term weight loss. Surgery may also help if you have a BMI over 35 (severe obesity) and have other medical conditions such as Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.
Your bariatric surgeon here in Leeds will confirm your BMI and carry out a detailed assessment before deciding if surgery is right for you.
The benefits of gastric banding
If the operation is successful, you should be able to achieve long-term weight loss. However, this depends on your ability to keep to your new lifestyle. Long-term weight loss should improve any obesity-related health problems you may have.
Are there any alternatives to gastric banding?
The simple approach to losing weight involves eating less, improving your diet and doing more exercise. Sometimes medication prescribed by your GP can help.
There are other surgical options to gastric banding such as shortening your digestive tract, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass. Gastric banding has fewer complications and there is a lower risk of serious complications happening. Recovery is usually faster too. Gastric balloons and the Elipse swallowable gastric balloon 'pill' offer a non-surgical solution.
Is silicone safe?
This band is made of silicone. Many studies have been carried out to find if silicone is safe. There is no evidence to suggest that people who have gastric bands causes any problems.
What happens during gastric band surgery?
- Gastric band surgery is performed under general anaesthetic
- The procedure generally takes between 1- 2 hours
- The laparoscopic ('keyhole') technique is usually used and your surgeon will make several small cuts in your stomach
- They will place surgical instruments, along with a telescope inside your abdomen to perform the operation
- Your bariatric surgeon will create a tunnel behind your stomach
- They will then pass the band around the upper part of your stomach and secure it
- This creates a smaller upper pouch
- To help keep the band in place, they will fold some of the lower stomach over the band and stitch it to the upper stomach pouch.
Every surgical procedure has a risk of complications. Be sure and discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with your surgeon.
Although rare, as with any surgery there can be complications. Specific complications from gastric band surgery could include:
a. Laparoscopic complications
- Damage to internal organs
- Developing a hernia near one of the cuts
- Surgical emphysema.
b. Gastric banding complications may include:
- Air in the chest cavity
- Developing gastro-oesophageal reflux
- Stretching of the oesophagus or the oesophagus not working properly
- Difficulty swallowing
- Making a hole in the oesophagus or stomach
- Constipation or diarrhoea
- Infection of the band
- Band slippage
- Band erosion or leakage
- Failure of the band.
- You should usually be able to go home the day after your gastric band operation
- In the first few weeks you will only be able to take liquids, progressing to soft food and then to solid food
- You should be able to return to work after 1 - 2 weeks, but this may vary depending on the extent of surgery and your type of work
- On average, people who have gastric banding lose over half of their excess body weight.
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