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Time to focus on you

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Shaping your future

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Let’s delve into the detail

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You, reimagined

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You so deserve this


Time to focus on you

Gastric band surgery continues to have a great track-record in aiding weight loss in people suffering with obesity – those who have exhausted all other methods of weight management through diet and exercise, but still have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or over. With a gastric band, you may be able to lose up to 55% of your excess body weight 12-36 months after surgery.  

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The procedure puts an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of your stomach, which will help you to control your portions. As a result, you will feel fuller on a smaller amount of food. Consuming fewer calories, in addition to an active lifestyle, helps in achieving desired weight loss and improvements in quality of life. 

Shaping your future

Having gastric band surgery can help you achieve long-term weight loss. You may find that the results of the surgery lead to increased energy levels, better mobility and better overall health. 

Gastric band surgery has been shown to resolve health issues such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure among many others. 

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Your slimmer body may give you an increased self-confidence and self-esteem, helping you to live a happier and healthier life. The weight loss you will achieve can help you to live more actively and feel that you are getting the best out of life without your weight holding you back. 

Let’s delve into the detail

As with every surgical procedure, it’s important to educate yourself about any potential risks that gastric band surgery may pose, however small, so that you can weigh these up against the benefits that surgery can bring.  

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Your specialist weight loss practitioner and expert surgeon will be happy to discuss any possible complications and give you detailed information regarding the procedure. As a guide, these may include bleeding, infection, scarring, pain or reflux.  

You, reimagined

You may be considering gastric band surgery if you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or over and are committed to making a lifestyle change. If you are suffering with obesity and diet and exercise alone have proven unsuccessful, a gastric band could be the answer to achieving the weight loss you desire. 

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Having a gastric band may help to manage your food intake. A portion-controlled diet will aid your weight loss over time and help you to keep the weight you lose off.  

The results can be life changing if you’re currently feeling unhappy or self-conscious about your weight. If you have health problems due to your weight, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, gastric band surgery can help manage, and sometimes even reverse, these conditions.  

Our expert surgeons can advise you on whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.  

You so deserve this

As a responsible provider of weight loss surgery, we understand that each individual’s procedure is different, so our treatment plans are tailored specifically to your unique, individual needs. Because of this, the gastric band surgery cost can vary.  

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We place a great deal of importance on our free, no obligation consultations, during which you can discuss your requirements with your surgeons’ assistant. They’ll provide detailed information on the gastric band surgery cost and the various payment plans we have available. As well as being able to pay for your procedure outright, you can choose to spread the cost over several years via our flexible finance plans, which can be viewed on our pricing and finance page.  

Fast Facts

Procedure Time: 30 Minutes – 2 Hours
Time Off Work: 1 – 2 Weeks
Hospital Stay: 1 Night
Full Recovery: 6 – 8 Weeks
Exercise: 6 Weeks
Scarring: Five 1-2cm Scars On Stomach
Final Results: 6 – 12 Months
How Much Weight Can I Lose: 20% Of Total Body Weight

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Patient Stories

Demi McCoy

Demi always struggled with her weight and used to use food for comfort. She'd tried various slimming diets, but nothing worked so she decided to get a gastric band. “My mind was made up, and I just decided to go for it. I was a bit nervous on the day of the operation, but I was excited too.”

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Gastric band FAQs

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How much does weight loss surgery cost?

The cost of weight loss surgery can vary, so we advise booking in for your free consultation with your surgeon assistant to talk about costs.

What is gastric band surgery?
Gastric band surgery is a surgical procedure during which a silicone band is fitted around the top part of the stomach to help reduce hunger and appetite, and therefore your food intake, which eventually leads to long term weight loss. The procedure is for people who are classed as obese.
What is gastric bypass surgery?
Gastric bypass surgery is designed to make the stomach smaller and bypass part of the intestine, which results in alterations in levels of gut hormones and significantly reduces appetite. You may want to consider a gastric bypass when diet and exercise has proved unsuccessful and you’re still overweight. A gastric bypass is non-reversable.
What is gastric sleeve surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgery removes a portion of the stomach permanently, creating a sleeve or tube-like shape. The stomach is made smaller, meaning your portion sizes will be reduced and you’ll have a lower calorie intake to aid weight loss. A gastric sleeve is non-reversible.
What is the recovery process of weight loss surgery?
You’ll usually need to stay in hospital for one night following your gastric band surgery, and it may take around 1-2 weeks to return to your regular activities. Any pain you might have after the operation will be treated with pain relief medication. and it’ll be important to take it easy in the first few weeks.

Next steps

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Your first appointment

The initial step is to talk to your surgeon assistant over the phone. You’ll be able to talk to them about why you’re considering gastric band surgery, the likely costs and finance options, how much time you’d probably need to take off work, and when you’d like to have the surgery. Whenever you decide to book a surgery date, you can secure it for a minimum refundable deposit of £500. If you feel ready, we’ll book you an appointment for your free consultation with one of our surgeons.

Free consultation

At your free consultation, you’ll speak a specialist weight loss practitioner (a nurse or dietitian) who’ll ask you about the results you want to achieve from having a gastric band. You can discuss what your personal goals are, find out whether you’re a suitable candidate for this surgery, and discover what the possible benefits and risks are - all with no obligation to go ahead. This free consultation can be carried out either over video chat or in person at your local clinic. Our specialist weight loss practitioners have received extensive training from our surgeons, and so they are extremely knowledgeable and happy to answer all of your questions.

They’ll look at your medical history and discuss the outcome that you can anticipate, as well as outlining any potential complications from the procedure. If you feel ready to go ahead and book your surgery, you’ll then have a separate consultation with your surgeon. They’ll go through all the risks and benefits with you and confirm your suitability for surgery, as well as answer any further questions you may have. You’ll then be referred to a clinic nurse and a dietitian for pre-operative tests and assessments.

The surgery

On the day of your surgery, you’ll meet with your surgeon so you can go through the consent form and ask any last-minute questions. You’ll also be introduced to the rest of your surgical team before going into theatre.

The procedure will take between 1-2 hours, and it’ll be carried out under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make 5 small keyhole incisions to insert the operating instruments. The band will then be secured around the top of your stomach and stitched in place. A port, through which the band is adjusted, will be secured to your abdominal muscle wall. The incisions will usually be stitched with dissolvable stitches and/or surgical glue.


Following the procedure, you’ll usually stay in hospital for one night and return home the next day. It’s expected that you’ll experience some swelling and pain when you wake up from surgery, so you’ll be provided with painkillers and looked after by our highly qualified nurses.

You’ll receive intravenous drip hydration immediately after surgery to maintain your fluid levels until you can drink. Initially, after surgery you'll remain on fluids for a period of time – our surgeons and dietitians will advise further on post-operative nutrition and hydration.

Because the procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic, we recommend that you arrange for someone to drive you home the next day, and that they stay with you until the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.

Before you leave the hospital, we’ll talk to you about looking after yourself at home and make a follow-up appointment for you. We’ll also give you the number for our 24/7 patient helpline so you can speak to a member of our clinical team, day or night.

It’s likely that you will feel pain and swelling where the incisions were made, so it’s important to take it easy for 1-2 weeks to allow your body to heal safely.


We believe that the highest quality aftercare is just as important as the surgery itself, so we’re here to support you throughout the recovery process. You’ll need to give your body plenty of time to heal, and we’ll give you detailed guidance on the best way to achieve this. You’ll need to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for up to six weeks to ensure you heal well.

When you have a gastric band fitted, the surgery itself is only the start of your journey. We offer three different comprehensive aftercare packages to help you achieve your weight loss goals. The level of benefits you enjoy will depend on the package you choose. Packages may include band adjustments with our highly trained nurses and dietitians, surgical cover, including post-operative surgery for port adjustment, port replacement and/or reconnection, X-rays, and correction for band slippage or erosion.

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