Gastric Band Surgery (gastric banding)

Mr Kesava Reddy Mannur, consultant bariatric surgeon as featured on Channel 4's 'Embarrassing Bodies' and Channel 5's 'Saving Britain's 70 stone man',  undertakes gastric banding surgery at Spire Wellesley Hospital, Southend on Sea, Essex.

If you would like more information regarding weight-loss surgery or would like to book a FREE consultation with Mr Mannur, please call us on 01702 447 926.

Incorporating a year long follow-up support programme with our team of surgeons, nurse, food coach and radiologist, you can be assured of the care you will receive after surgery.

Your gastric band programme at Spire Wellesley Hospital will include all your follow-ups with your consultant and as many band adjustments/fills your require in the 12 months following 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.


Weight Loss Surgery - Gastric Band

Pricing detail £6,995.00

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To book a FREE consultation with Mr Kesava Mannur, Consultant Bariatric (weight loss) surgeon, or for more information, please call us on

01702 447 926

A letter of referral from your GP is welcome but not necessary

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As seen on:

  • Channel 4s 'Embarrassing Bodies' July 2012
  • Channel 5s 'Saving Britain's 70 stone man' July 2013

Are you considering weight-loss surgery and want to find out more?

Why not take advantage of a FREE consultation with Mr Kesava Mannur?

At Spire Wellesley Hospital you can talk directly to Mr Mannur at a free of charge consultation, and ask anything you like. There's no charge and no pressure to take things further.

For more information or to book an appointment for your free consultation call us now on 01702 447 926

Do you have an existing gastric band and need a band adjustment?

Band refills and adjustments are available at the Spire Wellesley Hospital at an inclusive price of £99.

Price correct as of January 2015.

For more information or to book your next band adjustment call one of our friendly Treatment Enquiry Advisers on 01702 447 926

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