Gastric Band Cost

The Cost of Gastric Band operation starts from 4500 pounds. Cost could differ for patients with BMI>50 and programmed ICU Stay.

All our price include full health assesment for fitness for surgery, cost of operation, one day stay the hospital and suply of gastric band.

A two year follow up with as many clinical band fill as required on clinical ground is included in the prize.

Information on Gastric Band operation

In this procedure, the capacity of the stomach is made smaller by placing an adjustable band made of silicone around the upper part of the stomach.The band creates a new small stomach pouch, which can hold only a small amount of food. The larger part of the stomach is below the band. The stoma (stomach outlet), controlled by the band between the two parts, slows down the passage of food from the upper to the lower part of the stomach. A feeling of satiety is achieved when the small stomach pouch above the band is full.

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When the band is placed in right position and tightened to an adequate level it results in a reduced food intake. As a result the weight loss after a gastric band operation is very good and a majority of patients would be able to loose between 50 to 60 percent of access  body weight over a period of two years following a gastric band surgery.

The gastric band has been in use since the mid 1980s. As a weight loss operation the gastric band operation offers the following advantages:

  • It is adjustable - The adjustability of the band gives you and your doctor control to achieve weight loss without creating too many unpleasant symptoms due to the degree of restriction.
  • It is placed laparoscopically - for most people this means they can return to work soon after the operation with a minimal recovery period.
  • It is reversible - Taking the band out would revert the stomach to its normal size and you would expect to gain weight again, so the plan at the outset is to leave it there permanently. However, if in the future your band needs to come out for any reason, this too can be done laparoscopically, leaving no permanent changes to your stomach.

Complications associated with Gastric Band

In obese patients there is a higher risk of complications following surgery than in the general population. Obese patients caries higher risk of getting deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, chest infection or wound infection following operations.

These risk can be reduced by better preparation before operation and taking appropriate measure after surgery. In my practice all patients are seen by Bariatric specialist nurse, dietitian and specialist physiotherapist. They all work with the patient to prepare them for surgery in the best way. Patients are put on a special pre operative diet, are advised to stop smoking and  to do exercise to improve general fitness.

After operation patients are given very effective pain relief and are mobilised as soon as possible. We also give all patients blood thinning injection from the time of start of the  anaesthesia for 7 days after operation. These measures has reduced the risk of DVT and pulmonary embolism to a vey low level and in my own practice I have had no patients who developed pulmonary embolism after an obesity operation.

Specific complications associated with Gastric Bands are:

  • Slippage. Months or even years after the operation, there is always the risk that the stomach will move up through the band and the upper pouch will become enlarged. The band can be re–fixed in the correct position.
  • Erosion. Very slowly, and particularly if the balloon is tightly inflated, the band can work its way into or through the wall of the stomach and cease to be effective. In this case the band would be removed and and replaced if possible.
  • Leakage. This may be due to damage of the reservoir or tubing if fills are not carried out with extreme care or if two of the band components come apart. Again, this would necessitate replacement of the damaged component.
  • Infection of the reservoir/port or tubing. It may need to be resituated or replaced if the infection persists and in the case of severe infections which have been resistant to antibiotic treatment, the band may have to be removed.

Once in place the band requires adjustment of its inner lumen to make it effective. This adjustment is performed by adding or removing (inflating or deflating) saline, a salty solution similar to fluids found in the body. The band is connected by tubing to a reservoir, which is placed well beneath the skin during surgery.

After the operation, the doctor or a trained specialist nurse can control the amount of saline in the band by piercing the reservoir with a fine needle through the skin. If the band is too loose and weight loss is insufficient, the stoma size can be made tighter by adding more saline. If the band is too tight, fluid is removed.

How much weight will you lose with an adjustable gastric band?

Studies show that on average, people lose between 50–60% of their excess weight in the two years after placement of a gastric band. The really good news is that long before you reach that stage, you will start to feel the benefits, especially if you also have any of the obesity–related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure. You will also have a much greater capacity for physical activity and more self–confidence.

Remember, the band is simply a tool to help you eat less and there is a lot required from you in following the eating and exercise guidelines.

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Dietary requirements after a gastric band operation

Patients are required to follow a special diet for at least four weeks after the insertion of the band and thereafter have to adhere to some specific dietary rules to achieve the best weight reduction. During the first two week patient needs to take only liquid diets.

During the third and forth weeks the consistency of the diet is changed to a sloppy one. after four week we will start gradually tightening the band by instilling small amount of fluid in it. From this point patients are asked to start taking solid food. The Initial liquid and sloppy diet is for giving time to the band to get established before giving it the stress of normal diet.

You will be seen by a dietician before and after surgery to receive advice in detail about dietary regimes. It is important to stick to the diet and the dietician will see you a regular intervals to ensure that all the help is available.

Can I Do Exercise?

We encourage patients to become active as soon as possible after the operation. In the first week after surgery it is advisable to take things easy. Make sure you do some walking every day. Light exercise should be started in the second week and a gradual progression to full exercise within two-three weeks is advisable.

Can I Fly?

It is completely safe to fly after a gastric band operation. Any surgery increases the risk of DVT, therefore it is advisable to avoid flying six weeks after the operation. Morbidly obese people should take extra precautions during flying such as using elastic stockings and aspirin.

When Can I Drive?

It is advisable to avoid driving for 10-14 days after the operation as wearing a seatbelt is uncomfortable until the wounds have healed.

How soon I can return to work?

Return to work is dependent on the type of work involved. Though some people can return to work after two weeks it is generally advisable to plan for 3 to 4 weeks off from work

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