What is gastric band surgery?

Private gastric band surgery (also known as laparoscopic gastric band surgery) is a permanent weight loss procedure that can be reversed. An inflatable band is inserted using keyhole surgery, to sit around the top of your stomach. As with all weight loss surgery, this requires a lifelong commitment to making the change to a healthier future.

We provide private gastric band surgery at our CQC ‘Outstanding’-rated Kent hospital, carried out by a specialist surgeon and expert team who will help and support you in your weight loss journey.

Find out about costs below and book a consultation today by completing our online booking form or by calling our Private Patient Team on 01580 363158.

How much does a private gastric band cost?

Price on request. 

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I have a question about gastric band surgery

Why would I have private gastric band surgery?

Gastric band surgery may be a good choice if you’ve found it difficult to lose weight through diet or by using medication.

What happens before gastric band surgery?

Once surgery is agreed, you’ll need to follow a strict diet in the two weeks before the operation in order to prepare your body for surgery. This pre-operative diet will help shrink your liver, allowing your Consultant to operate more easily and safely.

Smoking may lead to post-operative complications and slow down your recovery so, if you’re a smoker, we’ll advise you to stop to decrease your risk of getting an infection after surgery.

What happens during gastric band surgery?

Once you’re under general anaesthetic, an inflatable band is inserted using keyhole surgery and placed to sit around the top of your stomach just below the gullet, then locked into place.

Your stomach can then be restricted by inflating the band through a tube. The tubing travels internally to a port just beneath the skin and on top of the muscle of the tummy wall. Saline solution is injected into the port and this tightens the ring, creating an hour-glass effect on the stomach. It doesn’t bulge, although it can be felt through the skin.

The band's effectiveness will be reviewed as part of your regular 8-12-week follow-up cycle and topped up if needed. It's a simple procedure to inject further saline solution through the port, which then flows into the ring, tightening it. The follow-up team will then ask you to sip some water to check that the ring is not too tight.

Although a gastric band is a long-term weight loss procedure, it can be removed, so it’s classed as reversible.

What should I expect after gastric band surgery?

It may take you a week or two to recover from gastric band surgery; however it varies from person to person so it’s important to follow your Consultant's advice. In most cases, you can leave hospital after one night or even later that day.

Once you’re home, we’d recommend you take two weeks off work. While you’re off, you should avoid sitting for long periods and be as mobile as you can to avoid blood clots forming. You should avoid lifting heavy objects and you shouldn’t drive.

In the two weeks after your operation, you’ll need to change your eating patterns and your diet. You’ll only be able to drink liquids before easing yourself into more solid foods, which you’ll need to chew thoroughly to avoid any discomfort.

You’ll have access to a nutritional therapist for nutritional advice, including diet sheets if you need them, and face-to-face follow-up appointments for several months afterwards to monitor progress. They may suggest supplements to ensure you get the nutrients you need for energy and good health.

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