The Gastric Band is the least invasive surgical option for weight loss surgery
What is a Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band
The adjustable gastric band (known as lap banding) acts as a restrictive procedure. A silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small pouch above the band, about the size of a golf ball and a large pouch below the band.
This creates an hour glass appearance and it functions by limiting the amount of food you can eat in order to feel full and also controls the rate food that is emptied out of the pouch into the rest of the stomach. This is at a slower rate than normal and therefore you should feel satisfied on smaller amounts of food and feel fuller for a longer period of time.
The gastric band can be tightened or loosened and will need adjusting from time to time. An adjustment reduces the size of the opening into the rest of the stomach below the band. This is done via the port (button like) which is connected to the band by a small thin tube that is positioned under the skin and fat. Please more that this is not visible.
Gastric band adjustments are relatively pain free and will be carried out by our own team of specialists until the suitable restriction for you is established. This can be different for every patient.
The operation takes approximately 1 hour and will require an overnight stay in hospital. Over eating and poor eating habits can cause nausea and vomiting. This may jeopardise your potential to maximise weight loss and may result in band slippage.
Dionne had a Gastric Band with Tonic. Watch her inspiring story below…
*Weight Loss Surgery Results May Vary: Causes for being overweight or obese vary from person to person.
TONIC WEIGHT LOSS CONSULTATION
At Tonic Weight Loss Surgery we offer a bespoke service to all of our patients – this is because all our patients are unique in their own way and they are likely to have different needs and requirements.
When you book a free consultation with one of our bariatric surgeons we will arrange a pre-consultation telephone call for you. This is where our surgeon will call you prior to your in-house consultation and go through the details of the operation you are considering to ensure that:
- You are a suitable candidate for the surgery.
- The procedure you are considering is the correct one for you.
- Your medical history is within expectations.
- To discover if any concerns are preventing you from undergoing the operation.
- You have a chance to feel at ease with the surgeon before you attend your in-house consultation – we are fully aware of how daunting this can be.