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Is a gastric band right for me?

If your BMI score is over 40 (morbidly obese), gastric band surgery may help you to achieve long-term weight loss. Surgery may also help if you have a BMI over 35 (severely obese) and have other medical conditions such as Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.

Your bariatric surgeon at Nuffield Health will confirm your BMI score and carry out a detailed assessment before deciding if surgery is suitable for you.

What are 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.

Is silicone safe?

Many studies have been carried out to find if silicone is safe. There is no evidence to suggest that people who have gastric bands are at a higher risk of getting diseases such as cancer and arthritis.

What does the gastric banding operation involve?

  • Gastric band surgery is performed under general anaesthetic
  • It usually takes between 1- 2 hours
  • The laparoscopic ('keyhole') technique is usually used and your Nuffield Health surgeon will make several small cuts on your abdomen
  • They will place surgical instruments, along with a telescope inside your abdomen to perform the operation
  • Your surgeon will create a tunnel behind your stomach
  • They will 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.

What complications can occur from having a gastric band?

General complications of any operation my include:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection in the surgical wound
  • Unsightly scarring
  • Developing a hernia in the scar
  • Blood clots (deep vein thrombosis).

Specific complications of gastric banding may include:

Laparoscopic complications

  • Damage to internal organs
  • Developing a hernia near one of the cuts
  • Surgical emphysema.

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.

How soon will I recover from gastric band surgery?

  • 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.
Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment
Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
Overall rating Good
Bristol  

3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
Overall rating Good
Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Chester  

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
Overall rating Good
Derby  

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
Overall rating Good
Glasgow  

25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

01413349441
Guildford  

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

01483 555 800
Overall rating Good
Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
Overall rating Outstanding
Leicester  

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

0116 276 9401
Overall rating Good
Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
Overall rating Good
North Staffordshire  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 625431
Overall rating Good
Oxford  

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
Overall rating Good
Shrewsbury  

Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DP

01743 282628
Overall rating Good
Taunton  

Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286991
Overall rating Good
Tunbridge Wells  

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531111
Overall rating Good
Wolverhampton  

Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 793 269
Overall rating Good

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