Weight loss surgery and gastric banding at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital

If you are very overweight, losing weight can change your life. Weight loss surgery (also known as obesity surgery or bariatric surgery) in the form of gastric banding may be the solution for you.

Losing weight can change and extend your life- call Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital 01892 741150. We might be be able to help.

Our patients tell us that weight loss surgery gives them the chance to do things they never thought they could – play with their children, play sports or go on a long haul holiday. Research has shown that weight loss surgery works better than weight-loss drugs or diets.  That’s why Spire Tunbridge Wells has a dedicated bariatric team providing support, surgery and follow-up care for patients who have opted for surgery. One of our patients has given us access to her gastric band diary covering the whole process here at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hopital. Read about her Gastric Band journey here.

The number of patients choosing laparoscopic gastric banding has increased substantially in recent years. This minimally invasive ‘keyhole’ technique compares favourably with weight loss achieved from a gastric bypass  

The Team
Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital and offers a unique multi-disciplinary team approach to weight loss surgery.  From the first point of your contact you will be supported by our dedicated weight loss team:

  • A leading Bariatric Consultant Surgeon
  • Consultant Anaesthetist
  • Consultant Radiologists
  • Our specialist Bariatric Dietician
  • Specialist Psychotherapists
  • Highley trained nursing staff
  • Consultant Plastic Surgeons (If required)

Why do I need a multi-disciplinary team?
We have developed a full multi-disciplinary approach because at Spire Tunbridge Wells we recognise that successful weight loss requires a full understanding of the reasons why patients gain weight in the first place and can then get trapped in a spiral of yo-yo dieting.  Whilst weight loss surgery breaks this cycle, some patients can find it very hard to adjust emotionally once food has been restricted.  In rare cases patients will find ways to sabotage their surgery falling into bad habits, or transfer their addiction from food to something else.

Our aim is to help you understand your relationship with food and to plan a healthy lifestyle for your future.

Spire Tunbridge Wells’ weight loss team has many years experience and have helped patients through their weight loss journey, helping them to prepare for surgery and then supporting through the transition to their target weight. 

Your Care
By having weight loss surgery with Spire Tunbridge Wells you can expect the following services:

  • Complete initial consultation with a consultant bariatric surgeon
  • Pre-surgical assessments by our dietician, psychotherapists and anaesthetist to help prepare you for surgery, both mentally and physically
  • Highly trained nursing staff dedicated to aiding your recovery
  • Post surgery support sessions with any of the team according to your specific needs
  • Consultation with our dietician to help plan your diet in the first few weeks post surgery
  • Band adjustments with ultrasound guidance with a consultant radiologist
  • Follow up appointments with your consultant bariatric surgeon

Cosmetic Surgery for weight loss patients
After successfully losing a large amount of weight many people are left with excess skin which can often only be removed by specialised cosmetic surgery. Patients who have lost weight following bariatric surgery often feel the need for a 'body lift' and other procedures like arm lift, leg lift, and buttock lift. That's why at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital we have a number of Cosmetic Surgeons that have expertise in performing a range of weight loss surgery options to help you to complete your weight loss journey.

We are always there for you to answer any questions you may have both pre and post procedure.

At Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital we are happy to discuss with you your weight loss options, for more information or to book an appointment with a specialist please contact us on
01892 741 150 or complete our online form.

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