Gastric Band Adjustment

What is a Gastric Band Adjustment?

Your surgeon has inserted an adjustable gastric band around the upper part of your stomach.

There is tubing  attached to the band which connects to a small port just under the skin which you may be able to feel. Fluid can be injected or withdrawn to adjust the size of the band.

When will I need a Gastric Band Adjustment?

A gastric band adjustment is usually performed 4-6 weeks after surgery.
Initially you may need several adjustments to your gastric band while you are losing weight.

The need for a gastric band adjustment is based on clinical assessment.

Your hunger level, portion size, your understanding of how to work with your gastric band, weight loss or weight gain will be assessed.

Experiencing problems with your gastric band?

Despite the gastric band initially being the least invasive and safest  bariatric procedure, there are possible complications that will need to be taken into consideration.

You need to seek advice if you are experiencing:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Regurgitation food
  • Acid reflux
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sudden loss of restriction
  • Sudden increase in restriction

There are some issues that can be resolved quickly after assessment and a gastric band adjustment.

However there are some issues that will require further investigations and at times further surgery may be necessary.

How is a Gastric Band Adjustment performed?

A Huber needle is inserted through the skin and into the port. Following clinical assessment, sterile fluid can be added or removed from the band as necessary. You will be asked to drink fluid in order to assess  if the correct level of restriction has been achieved prior to the needle being removed.

Need help with your Gastric Band?

Even if you did not have your gastric band surgery with Gateway Health you can still attend one of our clinics to discuss the adjustment of your gastric band. The clinician will discuss the latest gastric band research and how to get the most benefit from your band. Your first consultation appointment will take approximately one hour.

Gateway Health Gastric Band Assessment

In order to give the best care possible, a health questionnaire will need to be completed.

Please bring to consultation all relevant documentation

You need to be aware of the type of gastric band that you have implanted.

Once the initial assessment has been completed, the specialist practitioner will assess whether a clinical adjustment is indicated.

Full assessment with X-Ray Gastric Band Adjustment:

If clinical adjustment is not possible or the patient specifically requests radiological adjustment, this can be arranged.


To get the best from your Gastric band call 0345 9000 339