Gastric band surgery at Spire Hartswood Hospital

Reduces the capacity of your stomach by putting a band around it.

At Spire Hartswood Hospital, our highly skilled consultants and expert aftercare team offer gastric bypass surgery to help you lose weight if severe obesity is affecting your health.

During a gastric bypass, your surgeon will reduce the size of your stomach and connect it to the lower part of your small intestine, restricting the calories you can eat and absorb.


At a glance

  • Typical hospital stay
    2 nights

  • Procedure duration
    1-3 hours

  • Type of anaesthetic
    General

  • Available to self-pay?
    Yes

  • Covered by health insurance?
    Some insurers, by exception

Why Spire?

  • You can usually see a consultant within a few days of enquiry
  • Expert, personalised treatments
  • Clear, simple pricing and flexible payment options

Gastric band surgery, also known as lap banding, can boost both the physical and psychological health of obese people who have already tried to lose weight through lifestyle changes. The surgery reduces the capacity of your stomach by putting a band around it, so that you eat less and, over time, lose weight.

Why you might need it

Obesity can affect both your physical and mental well-being. People who have taken action to reduce their weight by having a gastric band fitted with us say that they have achieved significant weight loss. This in turn has a wide ranging positive impact on their life, including:

  • having better health, more energy and improved mental well being
  • worrying less about developing serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes
  • having more self-esteem and self-confidence
  • taking part in new activities, such as playing sports with their children
  • experiencing a positive, long term change in attitude towards healthy eating
  • having improved health and mobility.

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.

At Spire Hartswood Hospital in Brentwood, Essex, our expert weight loss surgeons carry out gastric band surgery in a clean and safe private hospital environment. Patients come to us from Brentwood, Billericay, Chelmsford, Basildon, Romford, other parts of Essex and South East England.

Our weight loss package - step by step 

We know that surgery is only part of the solution and that patients will need a support team to help them achieve their goal of losing weight. We have tailored our service to meet your needs.

We believe our step by step weight loss package gives you the best possible chance of success. To arrange your free consultation with a consultant please call 01277 266 761.

How much does Gastric band surgery cost at Spire Hartswood Hospital

Weight loss surgery - gastric band Fees
Initial consultation From £150
Treatment £8,468
Aftercare Included
Guide price £8,618
Monthly treatment price

(Loan applicable to the treatment cost and excludes the initial consultation)

£239
Representative example
Loan amount £7,468
Deposit £1,000
Loan period 36 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £8,604

The guide price displayed shows what most patients who pay for their own treatment should expect to pay for treatment. The price may vary depending on Consultant, type of anaesthetic, implant or drug used, and may also vary due to your medical history.

Spire Hartswood Hospital can provide you with a single, fixed price so there are no surprises. Please read Spire Healthcare's terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price when paying for yourself. Finance options are available through our partner Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd, 10 Norwich Street, London, EC4A 1BD.

Who will do it?

Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care. To us, that means you can choose the consultant you want to see, and when you want. They'll be with you every step of the way.

All of our consultants are of the highest calibre and benefit from working in our modern, well-equipped hospitals.

Our consultants have high standards to meet, often holding specialist NHS posts and delivering expertise in complex sub-specialty surgeries. Many of our consultants have international reputations for their research in their specialised field.

Patient testimonial

Teresa - Gastric band surgery
“You don’t have to give up your love of food if you have a gastric band. My band acts like a little person inside me who tells me when I have had enough"

Our weight loss surgeons

Other members of the weight loss team:

  • Weight loss nurse adviser - Claire Price
  • Specialist dietitian

Take your first step today call 01277 266 761 to find out more.

Before your treatment

You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.

We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.

Preparing for your treatment

We've tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible.

For more information on visiting hours, our food, what to pack if you're staying with us, parking and all those other important practicalities, please visit our patient information pages.

Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.

 

The procedure

We understand that having surgery can potentially be a time of anxiety and worry. Our experienced and caring clinical staff will be there for you, holding your hand every step of the way.

Your consultant will have discussed with you whether your gastric banding procedure is best done as keyhole surgery.

With keyhole surgery your surgeon will make a series of small incisions in the abdomen, rather than one large incision. Gastric band surgery is usually carried out this way as it causes less pain afterwards and you'll recover more quickly than following traditional surgery.

You will have a general anaesthetic so you'll be asleep during the operation. The surgeon will insert an instrument known as a laparoscope through one of the cuts. A laparoscope is a thin, rigid tube containing a light and a camera. The camera relays images of the inside of your abdomen to a television monitor.

Your surgeon will place an adjustable band around your stomach to create two compartments, keeping a narrow opening between the top and bottom of your stomach so that food can pass through it slowly.

Keyhole (or laparoscopic surgery) may not always be possible if you are morbidly obese or you have had other abdominal operations. In this case, one larger cut will be made in your abdomen to access the stomach.

The operation typically takes around one hour.

Aftercare

Your consultant will have discussed with you beforehand whether it is likely you will be able to go home after your gastric banding surgery without an overnight stay. If you are required to stay at the hospital, you will be taken to your room or comfortable area where you can rest and recuperate until we feel you’re ready to go home. Most people stay in hospital for around 24 hours.

For the first 24 hours you will only be allowed to drink clear fluids. After this your surgeon or dietitian may start you on a pureed diet for several days, although some surgeons advise a liquid diet for a longer period.

Our team of dietitians and specialist nurses will look after you throughout your stay and provide support and advice after treatment.


Pain relief

You will probably feel pain where the cuts were made but this should pass after a few days.  We will provide you with a supply of all the medicines your consultant feels you need to take home with you after you've left hospital, up to 14 days. This may be at an additional cost to some patients.


Recovery time

You'll be able to resume normal activities within three to five weeks.

Before you go home, your nurse will give you advice about caring for your healing wounds, hygiene and bathing.


End results

Weight loss from gastric band surgery is often rapid and dramatic: most people lose around 35% of their surplus weight within six months, rising to 50% after two years. To maintain these results, we'll give you advice around long-term lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise.


How your loved ones can help

Once you’re ready to be discharged, you’ll need to arrange a taxi, friend or family member to take you home as you won’t be able to drive. You should also ask them if they can run some light errands, such as shopping, for you as you won’t be feeling up to it for a few days.


Looking after you

Your nurse will also give you a telephone number for the hospital, in case you need to ask for further advice. Your consultant will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you.

You will also be given a date for a follow up appointment. Some time after the procedure it's possible your band may be adjusted – depending on how much weight you are losing and how quickly. This is usually done through injecting fluid into the band to tighten it – a process known as a band fill. You will usually need to make several repeat visits to hospital for band adjustments.

You will need to make lifelong changes and follow a strict diet after the banding operation. Your dietitian or surgeon will give you more advice.

If you have any questions or concerns, we’re ready to help.

Why choose Spire?

We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.

Important to note

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.

How to get to us

Spire Hartswood Hospital is based in quiet and peaceful grounds, just two miles from the M25 motorway and easily accessible from other major roads like the M11, A12 and A13. It is 25 miles from London Stansted Airport and 20 miles from central London.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Hartswood Hospital,

Eagle Way
Brentwood
Essex
CM13 3LE

Main Switchboard:  01277 232525

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  01277 266761

Gastric bypass surgery: what to expect at Spire Hartswood

Spire Hartswood is a well-established provider of private hospital treatments to patients across Essex and the South East. We have a choice of bariatric surgeons (consultants specialising in weight loss surgery) who perform gastric bypass surgery to help you lose weight when diet and exercise haven’t worked. Your consultant will work alongside our dietitians, nurses and specialists to ensure you get the right treatment and aftercare.

You'll receive support from a dietitian both before and after your operation.

How much does Gastric band surgery cost at Spire Hartswood Hospital

It's a common operation to have done privately, and our inclusive prices and access to payment plans make it easy and more affordable, even if you don’t have medical insurance.

Weight loss surgery - gastric band Fees
Initial consultation From £150
Treatment £8,468
Aftercare Included
Guide price £8,618
Monthly treatment price

(Loan applicable to the treatment cost and excludes the initial consultation)

£239
Representative example
Loan amount £7,468
Deposit £1,000
Loan period 36 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £8,604

The guide price displayed shows what most patients who pay for their own treatment should expect to pay for treatment. The price may vary depending on Consultant, type of anaesthetic, implant or drug used, and may also vary due to your medical history.

Spire Hartswood Hospital can provide you with a single, fixed price so there are no surprises. Please read Spire Healthcare's terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price when paying for yourself. Finance options are available through our partner Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd, 10 Norwich Street, London, EC4A 1BD.

Preparing for gastric bypass surgery at Spire Hartswood

Getting here

At Spire Hartswood, we’re very easy to reach from the A12, A13 and M11, based just 25 miles from London Stansted Airport and 20 miles from central London. We have free on-site parking for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

Your initial appointment will take place in one of our consultation rooms with a bariatric nurse before you see a consultant. During your consultations, we’ll:

  • Ask about your medical history
  • Explain about the different surgical methods – your consultant may recommend gastric sleeve surgery first
  • They’ll explain what’s included in your treatment price
  • Explain about your aftercare, the diet and exercise plan you’ll need to follow and how the operation will affect your lifestyle in the long term
  • Discuss risks and complications

The consultations give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Once you and your consultant have decided to go ahead with a gastric bypass, you’ll be assessed by a psychologist, an anaesthetist and a bariatric specialist nurse. You'll also need to have a pre-operative assessment which may include:

  • An electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Blood tests
  • Endoscopy

Gastric bypass surgery: your procedure

Your gastric bypass surgery takes one to three hours, but you’ll stay in hospital for at least two nights afterwards. You’ll have a comfortable, private room with all the comforts and conveniences you’d expect to find at home, including:

  • A wall-mounted TV
  • WiFi access
  • An En-suite bathroom
  • Comfortable chairs for your visitors

On the day of your operation, there’ll be a chance to meet your anaesthetist and the surgical team. You’ll have a general anaesthetic for the operation, which involves your surgeon reducing the size of your stomach and connecting it to the lower part of your small intestine.

Your aftercare and recovery

During your stay, you’ll be given painkillers for any discomfort. Your nursing team will make sure you have everything you need at all times.

We’ll have follow-up appointments with you after you leave hospital to check you're recovering and losing weight as expected.

Although everyone’s different, here’s a typical recovery guide for gastric bypass surgery:

2 days

Leave hospital

4–6 weeks

Follow a controlled, monitored diet

4–6 weeks

Back to most activities & some weight loss

3–6 months

Less symptoms of rapid weight loss

2 years

Most weight loss will have happened

  • 2 days


    Leave hospital

  • 4–6 weeks


    Follow a controlled, monitored diet

  • 4–6 weeks


    Back to most activities & some weight loss

  • 3–6 months


    Less symptoms of rapid weight loss

  • 2 years


    Most weight loss will have happened

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.

How to get to us

Spire Hartswood Hospital is based in quiet and peaceful grounds, just two miles from the M25 motorway and easily accessible from other major roads like the M11, A12 and A13. It is 25 miles from London Stansted Airport and 20 miles from central London.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Hartswood Hospital,

Eagle Way
Brentwood
Essex
CM13 3LE

Main Switchboard:  01277 232525

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  01277 266761

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Spire Hartswood Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.

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Important information about Covid-19 tests

Spire Hartswood Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.

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Spire would like to provide you with marketing information about products and services offered by Spire and by selected third-party partners. If you do not consent for us to process your personal data for marketing activities, we will still be able to contact you about your enquiry.

We may contact you by email, SMS or phone about your enquiry. If we try to contact you by phone (mobile and/or landline) and you are not available, we may leave you a voicemail message. We may also use your details to contact you about patient surveys we use for improving our service or monitoring outcomes, which are not a form of marketing.


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