Gastric Band Adjustment

What is a Gastric Band Adjustment?
Your surgeon has inserted an adjustable band around the upper part of your stomach to limit and control the amount of food you eat. There is a small port attached to the band. This port is just under the skin which you may be able to feel. Fluid can then be injected or withdrawn to adjust the size of the band. This enables you to feel full sooner, and the feeling lasts longer.

Once you have had gastric band surgery your journey to a healthier lifestyle can begin. Your gastric band will need adjustment to enable you to lose weight in a comfortable and controlled manner.

When will I need my Gastric Band Adjustment
A gastric band adjustment is usually performed 4-6 weeks after surgery.
You may need one or more adjustments to your gastric band while you are losing weight. It is very important to maintain your Gateway Health programme in order to keep track of your progress.

How is a Gastric Band Adjustment performed?
A needle is placed through the skin and into the port. Fluid is then injected into the port at amounts decided on by then clinician.

Who will perform my Gastric Band Adjustment?
Adjustments are performed in the clinic by qualified staff. A fine needle is passed through your skin into the access port to add or subtract saline. This process usually only takes a few minutes and most patients say it is painless.

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 local clinics to discuss the adjustment of your gastric band with one of our qualified staff.
Gateway Health Gastric Band Assessment Programme
In order to give the best care possible, a health questionnaire will need to be completed.

Please bring to consultation 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 clinically 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.

Continuing Gastric Band aftercare programme
Patients will be accepted onto the Gateway Programme after successful assessment.

To get the best from your Gastric band call 0845 9000 339

The Gateway Health programme will enable you to get the maximum benefit from your gastric band surgery, with support and monitoring to achieve your goals

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