Weight loss surgery is the first part of a long process. For gastric band (or lap band) patients, adjustments are a big part of your aftercare and key to your success. Support is ultimately the one part of your journey that truly does make a real difference to your end goal.
Following your weight loss surgery you may already have an aftercare programme that includes your gastric band adjustments. However, if you do not have these included we may be able to offer you a gastric band adjustment service only.
You can choose one of our aftercare packages; however, if funds do not allow you to join you can pay for your gastric band adjustments as you need them.
When it comes to gastric band adjustments we do follow a strict protocol — to protect you and keep you (and your adjustable gastric band) safe. A full medical assessment will be required prior to your gastric band being adjusted. Some patients need 2 - 3 gastric band adjustments before they feel restriction, others may need 5 or 6, every patient is different.
|Initial medical assessment||Clinical gastric band adjustments||X-ray adjustments (if requested)|
|*Includes an adjustment if clinically indicated|
All gastric band adjustments (other than an x-ray) will be carried out clinically by a member of our specialist nursing team in one of our gastric band clinics (our protocol must be followed).
Following any adjustment you will be asked to follow a regime of:
Some patients get very anxious as they feel no restriction, when indeed, you may still be in the soft phase - day (4 or 5) and therefore may not feel any difference until day 7.
Please don’t panic. Give yourself time, be patient and ‘listen’ to your band . All gastric band adjustments will be carried out clinically by a member of our specialist nursing team in one of our consultation rooms as often as you need them (our protocol must be followed.)
If you are having any further surgery requiring a general anaesthetic you may need to undergo a small aspiration approximately 1 week prior to admission – this is your responsibility to organise with us.
We also advise during pregnancy that an aspiration may be necessary. An individual assessment will be made with regards to health risks.