Gastric banding was a common weight loss procedure approximately 10 years ago. At the time, it was seen as the best available weight loss operation. However, the longer term weight loss results were variable and, for many patients, living with a band is difficult.
Surgery to remove a gastric band may be performed due to problems related to the band or as the first part of further weight loss surgery.
Patients having this procedure will typically spend one night in hospital and usually resume a normal diet the first day after surgery.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have to wait for surgery?
We can typically see you within one week of your referral, and at your initial consultation we can typically schedule surgery for within about one month. Please let us know about your personal circumstances, e.g. work commitments, and we will always try to plan surgery at a time that suits you. Read more: The Process Before & After Weight Loss Surgery
Is weight loss surgery safe?
Weight loss surgery, known as bariatric surgery, is generally regarded as safe surgery, in appropriately selected patients. Risks are lower than the longer-term risk of dying from heart disease, diabetes and other consequences of carrying more weight than a person’s organs can tolerate. Read our article: Is Weight Loss Surgery Safe?
What about smoking and surgery?
Smoking at the time of any surgery increases complications and risks. This is a well documented fact.
Current smoking status, and even the time since quitting, are factors we take into consideration when planning bariatric surgery. At Sea Change Weight Loss Clinic, our doctors share the firm view that active smoking is a relative contraindication to surgery, and therefore we advise all patients to stop prior to an operation.
Smoking status also affects which surgical procedure we recommend to our patients in many circumstances.
Can I have surgery in a public hospital?
Our surgeons perform general surgery in public hospitals. Currently, in Newcastle, weight loss surgery is only offered in private hospitals. Patients without private health insurance can still pursue weight loss surgery and can discuss their options with the practice. Our practice also supports the use of superannuation to help fund weight loss surgery.
How much does weight loss surgery cost?
See here: Pricing.