Gastric Band

To find out more about this procedure follow the links below to our partner Phoenix Health

Gastric band surgery (also known as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding) is a procedure where a silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach. Saline is then inserted in to it to adjust the tightness of the band, the optimal level being where the passage of food is restricted, but not blocked completely.

The procedure works most effectively in patients that eat large portions of savoury food, rather than those who graze on foods such as sweets, cakes, biscuits and crisps which easily crumble up.

Keyhole surgery is used to perform the surgery meaning that recovery times are faster, there is less pain after the operation and the results are more cosmetically pleasing. Specialist tools are used to insert the band into the abdomen and loop it around the stomach, a few centimetres below where it joins the oesophagus (gullet). Once in place, sutures are used to hold it in position and reduce the risk of it moving post-operatively.

An access port is hidden under the skin, near to the rib cage and just deep enough so that it is out of sight. Saline is then injected through this to inflate or deflate the band and find the ideal tightness.

The band acts to delay the flow of food through the stomach which causes the top part of the stomach to stretch after only a small amount of food. (The top part usually only stretches when the stomach is very full). This is thought to stimulate nerve fibres which indicate to the brain that the stomach is full and it is time to stop eating.

Weight loss of approximately 1lb (0.5kg) per week is achievable through a mixture of smaller portion sizes, improved diet and early satiety. Patients success is dependent on hard work and motivation as they will need to re-educate themselves on how to eat. Good dietary advice is essential so that they can adjust their eating habits accordingly, be aware of problem foods and avoid common pitfalls that can prevent them achieving success. Over two years, a good result is for patients to lose about 50% of their excess weight.

Gastric band surgery is regarded as very safe. Early complications are rare and no vitamin or mineral supplements are generally required. However, late complication rates are quite high, between 20% and 50% of patients require further surgery in the five years following the initial insertion of the band. The most common problems infection, band slippage (caused by the stomach moving during retching and getting trapped within the band) and band erosion, where the band works its way through the wall of the stomach.

Enhanced Care Programmes Silver Gold Platinum
Treatment of complications – 3 months ­ ­ ­
Follow up and Band Fills – 2 years ­ ­ ­
Education Programme – 2 years ­ ­ ­
Surgeon Led Follow Ups ­ ­ ­
Bariatric Gift Box ­ ­ ­
Up to 8 individual consultations with psychologist ­ ­ ­
Up to 16 individual consultations with psychologist ­ ­ ­
  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require.

    If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the consultant best for you.

    Alternatively, if you have already been diagnosed as needing a particular operation or treatment, our Reservations team can give you a guide price for this to be carried out at KIMS Hospital and book an appointment for you to meet a consultant.

    Call our Reservations team on +44 (0) 1622 237 727 or email

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.

    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).

    Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.

    If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. In most case this will be the fixed price package quoted on this website. If this quote is different for any reason, we will provide an explanation (see what’s included below). This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

    Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

  • What’s Included

    The fixed price package above includes all the costs associated with this treatment at KIMS Hospital.

    You will be given a quote prior to admission to confirm this cost. The amount you are quoted may differ from the published price for a number of reasons:

    • The Consultant you choose
    • Your medical history and whether you have any associated medical conditions which may impact this treatment
    • The type of anaesthetic your Consultant advises is best for you
    • The type of implant or drug you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you

    In some cases, if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions, it may not be possible to provide you with a fixed price for your Main Treatment. If this is the case, the hospital will discuss the available options with you. Your quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

Our Consultants

  • Professor David Kerrigan

    • Band on Bypass
    • Duodenal Switch
    • Gastric Band
    • Gastric Bypass
    • Gastric Sleeve
  • Mrs Kalpana Devalia

    MBBS MS FRCS (Ed) FRCS (Gen Surg)

    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
    • Gastric Band
    • Gastric Bypass
    • Gastric Sleeve
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Midhat Siddiqui

    MBChB (Bristol) 1983, FRCS ( Eng, Edin. & Glasg.), FRCS Gen.Surg.

    • Anti-reflux surgery
    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
    • Gastric Band
    • Gastric Bypass
    • Gastric Sleeve
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Mr Sanjoy Basu

    MS, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Glasg), FRCS (General)

    • Anti-reflux surgery
    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
    • Gastric Band
    • Gastric Bypass
    • Gastric Sleeve
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair