When you eat, this pouch fills up pretty quickly and gives you the sensation of being full – therefore reducing the amount of food you eat which results in weight loss.
The Gastric Band is designed to be a long-term device, however you can have it removed in the future if you wish (usually only removed due to slippage or other complication) but removing the band will result in putting weight back on if you don’t stick to a healthy diet – simply because your stomach will have reverted to it’s original size.
Mr Mehta puts the safety and welfare of his patients as his top priority; so to prepare for your surgery as a precaution you may be asked to stop smoking due to the increased risk of developing an infection post surgery, which can slow down your recovery and consequently may lead to complications.
Furthermore, you may also be asked to switch to a low-fat and low-carb diet a couple of weeks prior to your operation as this will help to reduce the size of your liver, making it much easier and therefore safer to put the Gastric Band in place.
The surgery will be performed at the Spire Hospital by Mr Mehta under a general anaesthetic, which means you will be fast asleep when you are having the Gastric Band procedure and you won’t be able to feel anything.
The procedure normally takes about an hour and most patients feel well enough to go home the same day, with a recovery time of a week or two.
Mr Mehta is an extremely experienced and highly regarded surgeon, having performed hundreds of weight loss procedures with excellent outcomes for his patients.