The gastric band, also known as the “Lap Band” is a surgical solution to achieving significant yet sustainable weight loss.

It works by decreasing the size of your stomach, so that you feel full sooner and for longer, thereby eating less and losing weight.

Gastric Band Benefits

  • 28% – 87% of weight loss was recorded in survey of 3,000 people
  • Enhance Medical has helped many patients lose as much as 10 stone and 99% of our patients lose weight
  • Recomended for overweight or obese patients whose BMI (Body Mass Index) is 35 or over
  • Surgery does not affect Patients’ digestion
  • The band can be adjusted to control your weight over your lifetime and is iltimately reversible

How A Gastric Band Works

gastric-band1The diagram shows the Gastric Band (Lap Band) in place around the top of the stomach. It is a ‘confining’ device that is placed around the upper part of the stomach during Gastric Band Surgery making the stomach into an ‘hour-glass’ shape. The new, small, upper stomach pouch is about the size of a golf ball, with the larger part of the stomach sitting below the gastric band. As the new, smaller, upper part of the stomach quickly fills with food, the sensation of being full is achieved sooner and provides the signal to stop eating. Further, the ‘flow’ of the small portion eaten through to the lower part of the stomach is controlled by the Gastric Band, helping you to feel fuller for longer. The drier the texture of food, the slower it will pass through the opening created by the lap band. More about the Gastric Band Diet and Gastric Band Aftercare
The Gastric Bands used during Gastric Band Surgery by Enhance Medical are made by Allergan.

The least invasive surgical option, Allows individualized band size for ideal long-term weight loss rate, it can be adjusted without surgery.

How long is the hospital stay ?

It is a one night stay

How long will I need off work ?

It is recommended that you take a week off work.

How much weight will I lose ?

The gastric band is designed to assist you in a gradual healthy weight loss amount of around 1-2lb per week, you will need to eat healthily and follow the dietitian support and advice to get the best results from the band.

How often will I need an adjustment ?

This will depend on your weight loss and the restriction the band is giving you. It varies from person to person, some patients will find they only need one or two adjustments to give enough restriction for a gradual weight loss. You cannot have band fills any more frequently than 4 weeks apart.

Can it be removed ?

The gastric band is designed to stay with you for life to assist you in getting to your target weight and staying at that weight. It can however be removed if you wanted to reverse the procedure.

Can I get pregnant while I have a band fitted ?

Yes the band will not affect you getting pregnant in fact weight loss can increase fertility, if you do become pregnant you will need to have t he fluid removed within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy so that you are not restricting your food intake whilst pregnant

Whether you have a gastric band, bypass, sleeve or balloon, your weight loss procedure is only the start of your journey. All these procedures are tremendous tools for weight loss and you can lose dramatic amounts of body weight, but it’s not entirely effortless. You have to work with it and adhere to aftercare advice following obesity surgery.

That’s why Enhance Medical includes market-leading aftercare packages with all our obesity procedures. We ensure that you are supported every step of the way with dietary and exercise advice to help you get the best weight loss result for you.

We believe it’s the best aftercare support package available and it’s designed to help you get the best weight loss results.

Gastric Band Aftercare

Gastric Band aftercare support package

  • Clinical band adjustments as clinically required for 2 years
  • Access to our specialist weight-loss support team which includes a bariatric surgeon, specialist dietitians and nurses
  • 24 hour emergency telephone helpline
  • 6 months surgical cover
  • A free no obligation cosmetic surgery consultation with a IMC registered cosmetic surgeon, plus a £250 cosmetic surgery voucher

Gastric band surgery is a big decision and you’ll need to know you’re in safe hands and be confident in your choice.
The first step of the process is to have a consultation with one of our experts. They will look at your medical history, listen very carefully to your requirements and give you honest, expert advice on which form of weight loss surgery is most suitable for you.

Your consultation will also include what to expect at the hospital, the procedure in detail and the recovery/healing process as well as aftercare and the all important gastric band dietary information.

Although relatively straightforward, a gastric band is a surgical procedure carried out under general anesthetic in a properly equipped theatre. You should expect to spend the night in hospital, although some patients choose to return home on the same day.