GASTRIC BAND

It's Possible With Tonic

WHAT IS A 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 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.

Gastric band adjustments are relatively pain free and will be carried out by our own team of specialists until a 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…