Weight Loss Surgery Gastric Band

Gastric band surgery
A Gastric Band restricts the amount of food the stomach can hold by placing an inflatable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach. The new, small upper stomach pouch limits the amount of food that can be consumed at one time, and a narrowed stomach outlet increases the time it takes for the stomach to empty. The subsequent reduction on food intake results in weight loss.


  • Safest surgical weight loss procedure
  • Fully reversible if need be
  • Restriction level adjustable
  • Restricts the amount you can eat
  • Feel fuller for longer
  • The Gateway Programme -Reduces hunger and cravings enabling you to work on lifestyle change

How is a Gastric Band fitted
The adjustable gastric band is placed by a surgeon laparoscopically (key hole surgery) under general anaesthesia and involves a short admission to hospital.

Advantages of the gastric band

The Gastric Band is the least invasive surgical option for weight loss surgery

  • With a gastric band there is no intestinal re-routing
  • There is no cutting or stapling of the stomach wall or bowel with a gastric band
  • Gastric band incisions are small and scarring is minimal
  • There is reduced patient pain, shorter recovery time and hospital stay with a gastric band
  • The gastric band is adjustable to allow for individualised restriction and long term weight loss rate
  • There are fewer risks and side effects than with gastric bypass surgery
  • It is reversible – the gatric band can be removed and the stomach generally returns to normal

The gastric band programme is most suitable for you if:

  • Gastric band candidates must be over 18 years old
  • Gastric band candidates have moderate to severe obesity
  • Gastric band candidates must be prepared to make substantial changes in your eating habits and lifestyle
  • Gastric band candidates should not drink alcohol in excess

There are certain medical conditions that would mean you are not a suitable candidate for a gastric band and these include*:

  • Gastric band surgery is not suitable if you suffer with an inflammatory condition of the gastro-intestinal tract such as ulcers, Crohn’s disease or severe inflammation of the oesophagus
  • Gastric band surgery is not appropriate if you have a medical condition that makes you a poor candidate for surgery
  • Gastric band surgery should not be risked if you have a medical condition that could cause bleeding within the gastro-intestinal tract, such as telangiectasia (dilation of a small blood vessel), or oesophageal or gastric varices (dilated veins)
  • If you have a chronic liver, kidney or pancreatic condition gastric band surgery is unsuitable
  • Gastric band surgery should not be considered if you are on chronic, long term steroid treatment
  • If you have any scarring in the stomach that would be in the gastric band area

If you have had a gastric band fitted abroad and are looking for a UK support programme, call us in confidence to discuss your individual needs.

* full assessment of your suitability for a gastric band is always carried out with your health care team