Gastric band surgery

What is gastric band surgery?

Gastric banding, also known as lap banding, is a procedure which aims to make you feel full after eating a small portion of food. It works by restricting the capacity of your stomach, so that you eat less and, over time, lose weight.

Gastric banding lap banding weight loss surgery from Spire Healthcare

Why do people choose to have gastric band surgery?

Obesity can cause a multitude of health problems. Gastric banding is generally carried out to help weight loss and to reduce the risks to health related to obesity. 

Gastric banding may be appropriate for you if:

  • You are morbidly obese (have a BMI of over 40)
  • You have a BMI of between 30 - 40 and suffer from a condition that poses a serious health risk (including diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure) and
  • You have tried to lose weight in the conventional way, through diet and exercise, but have failed to lose a significant amount of weight.

Benefits of gastric banding

Following weight loss there is a reduction in the health risks associated with being obese.

The motivations for gastric band surgery vary from person to person, however patients commonly report:

  • Significant weight loss
  • A long term change in attitude towards healthy eating
  • Improved health and mobility
  • Improved mental wellbeing
  • Boost to self esteem and self confidence.

How does the gastric banding work?

During the procedure, your surgeon will place an adjustable band around your stomach to create two compartments, keeping a narrow opening between the top and bottom so that food can pass through it slowly. There is a limited space left for food so it should quickly create the sensation of fullness. Once the food passes through the opening into the lower part of the stomach, it then makes its way through the rest of the digestive system.

After the procedure, your band may be adjusted depending on how much weight you are losing, and how quickly you are losing it. Fluid is usually injected into the band to tighten it, and this is known as a band fill.

Is gastric band surgery available on the NHS?

To qualify for gastric banding on the NHS you need to meet certain criteria, with each applicant judged on a case-by-case basis. NHS funding for this procedure is limited and varies by area. For this reason, many people find that private gastric banding is the best option.

Gastric band surgery aftercare

You may need to stay in hospital overnight so we can look after you and make sure we are happy with everything before you go home; but some gastric banding operations are now carried out as a day case, with no overnight stay in hospital.

Having gastric banding at a Spire hospital means you will be treated by an experienced bariatric (obesity) surgeon who will discuss your options and the best course of treatment for you before going ahead with surgery. Our team of dieticians and specialist nurses will look after you throughout your stay and provide support and advice after surgery.

Gastric banding from Spire Healthcare

With Spire Healthcare you will see an experienced consultant of your choice at a time that suits you. You will be treated in a premium private hospital, not a clinic, and you can be assured of our commitment to healthcare standards and infection control excellence. What’s more, you’ll be able to recuperate in your own private room with friends and family able to visit when you wish.

The following Spire Healthcare hospitals offer weight loss surgery

Blackpool - Spire Fylde Coast Hospital 01253 308 031
Brentwood - Spire Hartswood Hospital 01277 266 761
Brighton - The Montefiore Hospital 01273 828 120
Bristol - Spire Bristol Hospital 0117 980 4080
Buckinghamshire - Spire Thames Valley Hospital 01753 662 241
Bushey - Spire Bushey Hospital 0208 901 5505
Cambridge Lea - Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital 01223 266 929
Cardiff - Spire Cardiff Hospital 029 2054 2509
Cheam - Spire St Anthony's Hospital 020 8337 6691
Cheshire - Spire Cheshire Hospital 01925 215 029
Edinburgh - Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Edinburgh 0131 316 2507
Elland - Spire Elland Hospital 01422 324065
Farnham - Spire Clare Park Hospital 01252 895490
Gatwick - Spire Gatwick Park Hospital 01293 778 906
Harpenden - Spire Harpenden Hospital 01582 714420
Hull - Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital 01482 672412
Hythe - Spire St Saviour's Hospital 01303 265581
Leeds - Spire Leeds Hospital 0113 218 5977
Leicester - Spire Leicester Hospital 0116 265 3021
Little Aston - Spire Little Aston Hospital 0121 580 7119
Macclesfield - Spire Regency Hospital 01625 501 150
Manchester - Spire Manchester Hospital 0161 232 2303
Norwich - Spire Norwich Hospital 01603 255 614
Portsmouth - Spire Portsmouth Hospital 023 9245 6172
Reading - Spire Dunedin Hospital 0118 955 3563
Redbridge - Spire Roding Hospital 020 8709 7817
Solihull - Spire Parkway Hospital 0121 704 5530
Southampton - Spire Southampton Hospital 023 8091 4471
Southend-on-Sea - Spire Wellesley Hospital 01702 447 926
Tunbridge Wells - Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital 01892 741 150
Washington - Spire Washington Hospital 0191 418 8687
Wirral - Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Wirral 0151 929 5408
Worcester - Spire South Bank Hospital 01905 362 252
Wrexham - Spire Yale Hospital 01978 262 462

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