Virtual Gastric Band – Hypnotherapy Glasgow – Linda Alexander

Clinical Hypnosis Glasgow, Gastric Band Hypnotherapy, Linda Alexander, Glasgow South G43. Total Cost of hypnotherapy treatment £350.  (Surgery cost around £7000 to £9000 average).  Contact: 0141 632 1440 or 07875 493 358, also See website

Does Gastric Band Hypnotherapy work?

What Is Gastric Band Hypnotherapy?

Gastric band hypnotherapy is a technique involving hypnosis that helps a patient feel they have undergone a gastric band procedure and have one fitted, without actually requiring them to undergo the surgery.The mind is retrained using methods such as hypnosis, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and neuro linguistic programming (NLP). During this retraining, individuals are convinced that they have had a gastric band fitted. With this knowledge, they will “feel” the same lack of hunger that those who actually have the band do, and therefore eat less. The hypnotherapist can also address psychological and emotional issues that could have lead to overeating and caused the obesity, reducing the chances that an individual will revert to this behaviour once the treatment is complete. It is common for the hypnotherapist to recreate the surgery itself, relaxing individuals into a state of hypnosis and simulating the operating room to help patients feel as though they are genuinely about to be fitted with a gastric band.

The technique has been used with success in the UK, USA and Australia and is designed for people who have a body mass index of twenty five or over. There are many reasons why patients may wish to opt for gastric band hypnotherapy instead of the surgical procedure. Some may be unable to afford the operation privately, while others may be off-put or scared by the thought of the actual procedure and/or the recovery. Hypnotherapy provides a non-surgical alternative that can assist with weight loss.

How Is The Treatment Performed?

The treatment is normally carried out over a period of time, usually consisting of five sessions, with its aim being to gradually trick the person’s mind into thinking they are having a gastric band fitted. It uses a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy and guided imagery.

During these sessions, patients undergo hypnotherapy to make them believe that they are having the surgery carried out and having a gastric band fitted. This is achieved by combining cognitive behavioral therapy and imagery to evoke the same feelings of having a surgical procedure. The operation is recreated step by step, with everything from the administration of anesthetic to the incision, insertion of the gastric band and closing sutures being reconstructed.

It is common for a practitioner to include imagery and sound effects that would appear during the actual procedure to assist with the hypnotherapy. Subsequently after the treatment, patients are often given follow-on recordings and materials to reinforce the belief that they are now living with a gastric band. Following the procedure, individuals should feel the same as those with a band fitted, meaning they are less hungry and enjoy smaller portion sizes during meals. Ongoing visualisation techniques may be used to strengthen the hypnotherapy results; for example, a patient may be told to picture themselves in an item of clothing or in a photograph, and hold onto this visualistion as a deterrent should they be tempted with over eating.

The actual surgical procedure of having a gastric band fitted is explained to the patient under hypnosis, sometimes with operating room sound effects in the background. During the first four sessions the patient is guided to imagine all of the usual preparation that would normally be done in the surgical process of having a gastric band. The fifth session is when they will have the virtual band fitted. Under hypnosis positive dietary changes are given and weight loss techniques. The patient will often be given recordings that re enforces the healthy living message that they can continue to listen to at home.

Is This Safe?

Unlike a surgical operation to have a gastric band fitted this process is entirely safe. There is no recovery period, no side effects and no stress and trauma to the patients mind or body. The patient should have a realistic expectation of what this process can do for them but they must completely believe that the process will work for results to be achieved. In no way will the hypnotist try to make you do anything under hypnosis and you will be back to your normal self when you have been brought out of the trance. The relaxation techniques used when you go into a hypnotic state may make you feel calmer and more relaxed in general after the session. For this reason patients are advised to get someone to drive them too and from the session.

Does It Work?

There are many different opinions out there as to if this process actually works. Regardless it has helped many people to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle without having a surgical operation. The main thing that will make this work is the patient’s complete belief in the process. If you believe any type of hypnotherapy will help you make changes to your life then there is a good chance that this procedure will work for you. Whether positive effects from hypnosis have been down to the patient firmly believing they have had a gastric band fitted or the patient listening to the healthy diet and lifestyle advice under hypnosis is not clear. The surgical view is that this will not work. However, even the most clinical of institutions do believe in the power of mind over matter. This is what hypnosis will do. It will re programme how the person feels about food in general. If you firmly believe in the procedure there is no reason why it may not work for you. It has got to be worth trying before embarking on a painful and dramatic surgical procedure. Diane Blower Gearon ·

Owner at FindHers KeepHers Fit Slim & Beautiful

It certainly does work I have lost 14lb is 4 weeks, also I have no urge what so ever to eat sweets choc biscuits cakes etc at all, I don’t even get any cravings!

Like · Reply · 23 March 2013 12:15

Clinic Compare

Congratulations Diane! Glad to hear this technique worked for you!

Like · Reply · 25 March 2013 02:46

Mark Powlett ·


I find the rise of gastric band hypnosis quite interesting. I really don’t think that it deals with the underlying issues at all.
Is there a chance that they could resurface in the future and leave the client back where they started?
I think time will tell on this one. you may be interested in my blog post about it……/does-paul-mckenna…

Like · Reply · 31 January 2013 08:07

Clinic Compare

I agree Mark it is quite a fascinating area of hypnosis and anecdotally I’ve heard of numerous cases where it’s changed peoples lives. I think that people should explore every conceivable avenue before committing to invasive surgery, this could possibly be one treatment that could work in certain cases.

Like · Reply · 20 February 2013 02:46

Bernice Mc Kenna ·

Spiritual Advisor, Medium and Teacher atSelf-employed

I have done numerous Virtual Gastric Band proceudures with success of over 90%. Eating is all in the mind as a habit anyway, so change your mind, have the hypnotic band , and you can change your life. It works really well, pain free and less costly. I am in Dublin Ireland.

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Nadine Hays

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Gastric Bypass Surgery

What Is Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Gastric bypass surgery is a weight loss surgery that can usually be performed in a keyhole (laparoscopic) procedure, unless the patient is severely obese. The procedure essentially shortcuts the normal procession from stomach to the rest of your digestive system, reducing the space available for your to take in food, making you feel fuller quicker. Gastric bypass procedures usually results in a greater, faster weight loss than gastric band operations, however the procedure is far more permanent, so all options should be considered before opting for this procedure.

Can I Have Gastric Bypass Surgery?

To qualify for getting surgery on the NHS, you must fulfil their specific eligibility criteria, which are similar for all weight loss surgeries; you will be eligible if:

A number of alternatives should be tried before opting for surgery, and any gastric surgical procedures are considered to be the last resort. Patients should have tried dieting and exercise first – if these methods are unsuccessful your GP will then want to discuss more complex methods for weight loss. As with all surgery, you should always consult your GP to discuss your options and be fully aware of all procedures before making a choice.

Private Gastric Bypass Surgery

Many patients opt to undergo their weight loss surgery privately, to speed up the waiting time or if they do not qualify for an NHS procedure. The cost of bypass surgery varies between private providers, but is typically much more expensive than a banding procedure, costing from £9000-15000. It is vital that you choose a quality private practice, as the promise of cheap gastric bypass surgery can often lead to medical mistakes or unnecessary complications.

The Procedure

The surgeon will make a small incision into your abdomen to allow insertion of a small instrument called a laparoscope, which is essentially a camera and light attached to a long rigid tube that relays footage to a nearby screen. By inserting a laparoscope, the surgeon is able to perform the procedure through a small incision drastically reducing the risk involved.

Other small surgical instruments are then inserted through further small incisions in the patient’s abdomen and a small pouch in created from your stomach, dramatically reducing its size. This small pouch is then directly connected to the small intestine, effectively bypassing the rest of your stomach and allowing food to travel from the pouch through the new route to the small intestine.

Your Diet Before Surgery

In the time leading up to your gastric band procedure, your doctor will recommend a healthy eating and exercise plan, in order to ensure you are in the best health possible for your procedure.

A liquid diet is introduced two weeks before the operation where both protein shakes and clear liquids are regularly consumed. Around four protein shakes are taken daily, each containing at least 20 grams of protein and less than 150 calories. The clear liquid is important for keeping the body hydrated and shrinking the liver as it sits just above the stomach and must be lifted during the surgery. Multivitamins are also required during this period and women need to take calcium supplements.

Your Diet After The Surgery

Your diet following gastric bypass surgery will be explained in detail to you by your medical team, but it is likely to proceed in four stages:

Any snack or meal consumed should be small in size. Liquids should also be consumed between meals. It is recommended to eat 3-6 small meals per day, and never over eat.

This period will be directed by your physician who will monitor how your stomach reacts and adjust your diet accordingly.

There are numerous lifestyle changes that occur following a gastric bypass; you will be required to stick to a low-fat, low-calories, small-portion diet for the rest of your life, as well as taking nutritional supplements.


If the surgery went smoothly, you should be able to resume your everyday activities within two weeks, although you may still be in a small amount of pain. “Everyday activities” include bathing, gentle walking and household tasks. It does not include vigorous exercise or heavy lifting. You should ensure you are fully healed before exerting yourself too much.

Although you may be in pain, it is important that you partake in gentle exercise every day. This will not only help your body to heal, but it also helps with weight loss. Your hospital should give you a list of some easy exercises you can do at home. This is likely consist of light stretching and short, slow walks.

Risks and Complications

As with any surgery, gastric bypass procedures come with a number of potential complications, including immediate complications such as:

Gastric bypass surgery also has a number of longer term risks, which may occur some time after surgery, including:

Life After Gastric Bypass Surgery

Life after surgery is, in the main, reported to be much healthier with patients getting back their self esteem and confidence lost behind baggy clothes and excuses. Patients feel healthier due to a change in diet and some even report an increase in friends, job opportunities and feelings of being attractive.

Many patients have also reported that they have had to cut down on clothes shopping because they lost weight so rapidly that, before long, new clothes no longer fitted them. Others reported a reduction of asthmatic attacks and some even report that they have stopped taking their asthmatic medication completely. On average, patients lose 100 pounds of weight and enjoy a life free from many obesity related medications such as those for diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.

Considering Surgery?

Weight loss surgery does not give immediate results and only works as part of a regime which you must follow strictly in order to lose weight. It should only be viewed as a last resort and should not be attempted before trying other methods of weight loss, such as changing diet and increasing exercise. If you are considering stomach bypass surgery, you should consult your GP as soon as possible to discuss your options.

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Weight Loss Surgery

An increasing number of people are turning to weight loss surgery (also called “bariatric” surgery). As these procedures come with risks, potential complications and drastic lifestyle changes, it is recommended that you attempt to lose weight more naturally first, by increasing your level of exercise and maintaining a healthy calorie-controlled diet.

However, if weight loss surgery is the most clinically relevant option for you, there are a range of procedures available, which are described in detail in the pages listed below. Procedures available include:

Calculating your body mass index (BMI) is one way in which you or your doctors can determine whether your weight is healthy for your height. There are many online BMI calculation tools, but to work it out for yourself, simply:

Obesity is defined as having a BMI of at least 30 and morbid obesity as 40 or above. Being in these ranges is a ticking time bomb in terms of health, increasing the risk of numerous damaging health problems including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (which is the number one killer worldwide).

Am I Eligible For Weight Loss Surgery?

There are specific eligibility criteria to determine whether a patient can receive one of these bariatric surgeries through the NHS, namely you have to have a BMI of at least 40, or a BMI of at least 35 along with with another serious health condition that would benefit from weight loss, such as joint issues, high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes. You should also be able to demonstrate that you have tried natural methods of weight loss, such as alterations to diet and exercise, and that you are healthy enough to withstand the anaesthesia along with the surgery itself. If you are considering bariatric surgery through a private clinic, it’s important to note that they may have their own set of criteria, so make sure to do your research when selecting your surgeon.

How Much Is Weight Loss Surgery?

The cost of weight loss surgery will depend on a number of factors including the type of surgery recommended, your starting Body Mass Index, the surgeon performing the procedure and the clinic in which they practice. We’ve collected prices quoted from the UK’s top weight loss clinics to help you decide which procedure might be right for you:

Procedure Price Range (GBP)
Gastric Band £5,390-£9,000
Gastric Bypass £10,000-£15,000
Gastric Balloon £3,900-£6,000
Gastric Sleeve £9,500-£15,000

Risks Of Surgery

As with all surgeries, these procedures come with a number of risks, ranging from the minor to the potentially very serious, most of which are also increased in those with a very high BMI such as 50 or above. Risks from weight-loss surgery include:

The level of risk mostly depends on the procedure being done, and other risk factors such as high blood pressure or excess body weight, as mentioned above.

Preparing For Weight Loss Surgery

Before you are approved for weight loss surgery, you will need to undergo assessment to ensure that you are physically a suitable candidate, and that psychologically and emotionally you are able to withstand the surgery.

To carry out this assessment, you will need to meet with a number of medical professionals, often referred to as a multidisciplinary team (MDT). You may have to meet with your potential surgeon, an anaesthetist, a nurse specializing in surgical weight loss, and a psychologist among other care providers. If you are having your procedure in a large hospital, you may be admitted into a specialist bariatric unit to meet with the MDT. Once there, you will undergo a physical assessment (which can consist of blood tests, x-rays and ultrasounds), a psychological assessment to analyze your mental and emotional wellness, and a nutritional assessment to assess the current state of your diet.

The results of this surgery will help you determine if you are able to undergo weight loss surgery.

Results Of Weight Loss Surgery

The results of your weight loss surgery will largely depend on the type of procedure you undergo.

If you have been fitted with a gastric band, figures from the NHS reveal that you should expect to lose up to 50% of your excess body weight within two years of having the surgery. If you have any weight-related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), you can expect to see improvements to these conditions as well. If you have had gastric bypass surgery, you could expect to lose 70% of excess body weight within two years of the surgery. It is not uncommon to experience a faster rate of weight loss in the first 12 months and to then see this slow in the second year (you may see up to 60% in the first year compared with just 10% in the second, for example). You may also see improvements to the aforementioned health conditions if you struggle with these in addition to obesity.

Regardless of the procedure you’ve undergone, if you complement your weight loss surgery with a healthy diet and regular exercise, you should see prolonged and sustainable results.



Life After Weight Loss Surgery

In addition to the risks from surgery, bariatric procedures often mean living with dramatic lifestyle changes.Immediately following most weight loss surgeries it is likely that you’ll have to stick to a liquid-only diet for a few weeks, gradually increasing your food intake. More lasting alterations include maintaining a low calorie, low fat and low sugar diet and possible body changes such as suffering from excess skin following rapid weight loss.

Weight Loss Insurance

Weight loss insurance is becoming more and more important for those starting to suffer from weight related illness or obesity. More insurance companies are beginning to consider the long term health benefits of bariatric surgery. A recent study found that there were significant decreases in the number of weight related sickness claims following bariatric surgery. Diabetes diagnosis dropped by 20% and sleep apnoea also dropped by 33% following bariatric surgery just 6 months after the procedure.

To understand the finer details of weight loss surgery insurance and how to find the best policy, it is advisable to use the free resources provided on this website to assist you in your search. You may feel like you are asking a lot from a medical insurance policy to cover you for being overweight but obesity often has underlying medical or psychological complications beyond your control that may have contributed to the obesity problem.

Weight loss clinics are a good place to start enquiring about how to find health insurance that will cover the types of surgery and they may be able to give you more ideas.

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Gastric Balloon Surgery

A gastric balloon is a smooth silicone sphere, filled with a saline solution, which is used to drastically reduce the size of the stomach as an aid to rapid weight loss. Although a temporary measure, the balloon is usually in place for a six month period. It will then be removed using a similar method to the one used during fitting. Gastric balloons are considered a very good means by which patients can form new and healthier eating habits.

What Are The Risks Associated With Gastric Balloon Surgery?

Do I Qualify?

Qualifying for gastric balloon insertion is similar to other procedures, you will therefore be eligible if:

In a private setting, whether you are eligible varies from practice to practice, however they often use similar criteria to those above with the extra criteria of not being able to lose the weight through conventional methods such as exercise and/or healthy diet alone.

Furthermore, as the procedure does not involve invasive surgery, you may also be eligible for a gastric balloon procedure if you are too overweight to undergo more conventional procedures, such as gastric bypass or gastric band surgeries.

Private or NHS?

Many patients opt to undergo their weight loss surgery privately, to speed up the waiting time or if they do not qualify for an NHS procedure. The cost of gastric balloon insertion is generally lower than other weight loss procedures, as it does not involve invasive surgery. The cost varies between private providers, but is typically around £2000. It is vital that you choose a quality private practice, as the promise of cheap gastric balloon procedures can often lead to medical mistakes or unnecessary complications.

The Procedure

A gastric balloon procedure does not involve incisions or general anaesthesia like many other weight loss interventions. The procedure is done while you are awake, although a sedative may be offered to help you to relax. The doctor will pass a soft silicone balloon in through your mouth, down your oesophagus and into to your stomach with the aid of a thin flexible tube with a light source and camera at one end called an endoscope.

Once inside your stomach, the balloon is then filled with air or a sterile salt solution (saline) to take up room in your stomach, reducing the space available for you to take in food. The procedure is temporary, lasting up to six months.If you are severely overweight, you may achieve a large enough weight loss to then be eligible for further, more invasive weight loss procedures. The removal procedure is performed in a very similar way to balloon insertion; the balloon will be deflated and then taken out up through you oesophagus and out of your mouth with the aid of an endoscope.

Before Your Procedure

In the time leading up to your gastric balloon procedure, your doctor will recommend a healthy eating and exercise plan, in order to ensure you are in the best health possible. You will also be advised on fasting before the actual procedure.

Recovery following your gastric balloon procedure is quick, and you should be able to return to a normal lifestyle within a few days. You will be given a healthy eating plan focused on a low-fat, low-calories, small-portion diet.

Post-Procedure and Recovery

Prior to and after the gastric balloon procedure, the patient will meet their dietician who will provide a comprehensive regime to follow. This will allow the patient to make a speedy recovery, gain the most from their surgery and sustain weight loss.

Initially, the patient will be given small sips of water to drink, gradually increasing until they are ready to go home.

For the first few days a liquid diet will be in place. This includes milk, fruit juices and thin soups and should not exceed 1000 calories. No solid food should be taken within this time and fizzy drinks, ice-cream, chocolate and coffee should be avoided.

Around four days after the balloon has been inserted, the patient can gradually add semi-solid foods into their diet. These can take the form of porridge, fruit purees and thicker soups. Gentle activity can be undertaken.

You will be on a liquid diet and required to drink plenty of water. A dietician will advise you on what to eat, which is usually a calorie controlled diet and nothing after 6pm at night. You should also follow an exercise regime if you don’t do so already.

After a week, the patient will once again meet with their dietician to discuss any concerns they may have and to assess their diet. Following this appointment, the patient can start to ingest a solid diet. This should consist of a 1000-1200kcal intake per day whilst always considering a low fat option. Food should be eaten before a sip of drink and this diet should be strictly followed for 6 months before the gastric balloon is removed.

Weight loss can take time so you should set yourself realistic goals – nothing is going to happen overnight.

Risks and Complications

As with any procedure, gastric balloon insertions come with a number of potential complications or side effects, including:

Keeping The Weight Off

A medical team will discuss your ongoing diet and exercise plan with you in great detail prior to fitting the gastric balloon. It’s possible to lose a significant amount of weight, but keeping the weight off afterwards is largely dependent on each individual. A gastric balloon has the edge over a diet and exercise plan alone because the brain is tricked into believing your stomach is full, when only a small amount of food has been ingested. As a result, after six months of living with the gastric balloon, you should have adopted new and healthy habits that will take you through the remainder of your weight loss journey.

How Do They Remove A Gastric Balloon?

Removal of the gastric balloon is via the same route as its insertion. An endoscopic camera is used to guide a catheter into the stomach. The balloon is then deflated by puncturing, before being guided towards the mouth via the oesophagus. During the time you are fitted with the balloon, your body will have become used to smaller portions and to healthier foods. You will therefore be well equipped to carry on with your new lifestyle after removal of the balloon.

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Cheap Weight Loss Surgery

With weight loss surgeries costing anywhere from £3,000 to upwards of £20,000 it is understandable for patients to look for, or be drawn to, cheap weight loss surgery deals.However, as with most things in life, if it seems too good to be true it more than likely will be.

What Is Included In The Price?

Your clinic should explain to you exactly what is included in the price quoted to you in terms of the procedure, aftercare, recovery support and follow-up appointments. Many clinics offer a price fully inclusive of all of these services, however some do charge extra depending on the level of care you need following your procedure. Some also put a limit on the number of times you can be seen following your procedure before being charged, or on the length of time for which you are covered under your initial price quotation.

It is therefore very important that you are fully aware of what is included in the price you are given before agreeing to go ahead with the procedure.

Questions To Ask Your Doctor About Pricing

When discussing finance, make sure you find out exactly what is included, such as:

  • Are aftercare, recovery support and follow ups included in the price?
  • Is there a time limit for the included aftercare?
  • Is there a limit to the number of times you can be seen within the price you have been quoted?

Finding A ‘Good Deal’ On Weight Loss Surgery

There are many great resources available to compare prices and results for different weight loss surgery providers. In addition you will also be able to find a finance package that suits you, whether it be interest free or buy now pay later. By using the comparison tool at the top of this page you will be able to compare procedure prices from providers in your local area to make sure you are finding the best deal for your weight loss surgery procedure.

Finance Packages Available For Weight Loss Surgery

There are many different finance packages available for weight loss surgery, which vary depending on the clinic you choose and your personal circumstances. Some examples of finance packages include:


Many clinics give you the option of paying monthly for your procedure with most offering 0% APR. This interest free deal means you only pay back only the cost of the procedure, whereas others charge interest in order for you to spread the cost. An example of the difference interest makes to your payment is shown below:

It is important to fully understand the finance packages offered by your clinic, as it is often the case that lower repayments over a longer period of time actually result in you paying more.

  • £4000 at 0% APR over 2 years = £166.67/month –Total Repaid = £4000
  • £4000 at 9% APR over 2 years = £196.67/month –Total Repaid = £4720
  • £4000 at 9% APR over 4 years = £113.33/month –Total Repaid = £5440

Buy Now Pay Later

Some providers offer a “buy now pay later option”, where you don’t begin making payments for a fixed amount of time, usually 12 months. After this initial payment free period you can then either pay the amount owed in full, or begin a monthly payment arrangement. In this situation, most clinics will charge interest should you choose to begin a monthly payment plan.

Eligibility For Weight Loss Surgery On The NHS

Under certain circumstances, individuals may qualify to have bariatric surgery on the NHS.

This is the case when the surgery is required to treat those who have become obese to the point where it is now dangerous to their health. If someone has become morbidly obese and is now facing life-threatening complications and health issues as a result, they may qualify to have weight loss surgery on the NHS. This surgery is only offered when other non-surgical weight loss efforts have proved ineffective.

Individuals may qualify if they have a BMI of 40 or higher, or in some cases, a BMI of 35 or higher if this is accompanied by other serious health conditions that would be treated with surgery. Examples of these conditions include high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes. Doctors will encourage diet and exercise to stimulate weight loss before resorting to surgery, as there are a number of risks involved with undergoing bariatric surgery. However, it can be the case that diet and exercise alone are not enough, or that individuals are physically unable to exercise due to health complications. If a patient undergoes weight loss surgery on the NHS, their medical team will work with them to encourage exercise once they have recovered, and to introduce a calorie-controlled diet to enhance the results and ensure the weight loss is permanent.

As is the case with any surgery, the operation is only available on the NHS for health reasons. If a patient wishes to undergo weight loss surgery for cosmetic reasons, this will need to be done privately through a clinic. If you are unsure of whether you could be a suitable candidate to have this procedure carried out on the NHS, make an appointment to have a discussion with your GP.

Getting Ready For Surgery

In order to prepare for weight loss surgery, you will need to meet with a team of medical professionals that specialise in this area, and undergo a number of pre-screening tests and pre-operative assessments to confirm you are a suitable candidate.

This team of professionals is known as a multidisciplinary team (MDT), and normally consists of the surgeon, a gastroenterologist, a specialist weight loss nurse, a psychologist, a dietitian, an anaesthetist and any other medical professionals whose expertise may be required when getting you ready for surgery. You may have to undergo a series of physical, psychological, and nutritional assessments to see if you are a suitable candidate for weight loss surgery. During your assessments, you may undergo a number of tests (such as blood tests, x-rays and an electrocardiograph (ECG), tests to check for mental health conditions or emotional disorders that could complicate your surgery, and an assessment of your current eating habits.

If you are found to be a suitable candidate, you will work alongside the MDT to prepare for your procedure. Preparation may include following a calorie-controlled diet, and possibly even the fitting of a gastric balloon. Losing weight prior to your weight loss surgery can substantially lower the risk of complications, and can also enable you to qualify for laparoscopic or “keyhole” surgery where you may not otherwise.



Generally speaking, patients who have undergone weight loss surgery can enjoy a short recovery period, with most being able to return to work and resume everyday activities within four to six weeks of having the procedure.

Following weight loss surgery, you may feel tired and sore from the anaesthetic and the procedure, which is normal. If you are experiencing a lot of discomfort, you may be prescribed medication to assist with the pain. During the recovery period, some complications can occur. If you have had a gastric band operation, you could experience deep vein thrombosis, which is a blood clot that develops in one of the legs, or a clot developing inside the lungs, known as a pulmonary embolism. If there are no complications, recovery is straightforward, with most patients able to return home from hospital within 24 hours to recuperate at home. Following a gastric bypass, patients may wake with a drip through which to receive fluids, and a urinary catheter. Once well enough to move around, these tubes will be removed, and patients will be kept in for observation. It is common for patients to be prescribed blood-thinning medication during the recovery phase to prevent the likelihood of clots, too.


Bariatric surgery normally results in accelerated weight loss, and when coupled with adjustments to lifestyle and diet, it can lead to improved self-esteem and confidence.

Weight loss surgery can also help with the management of related illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), and sleep apnoea. Having been fitted with a gastric band, individuals can expect to lose half of their excess body weight within two years of undergoing the procedure. This roughly breaks down to 35% of excess weight being lost within the first six months, with a further 5% lost in the next six months, and 10% over the course of the second year. Gastric bypass surgery provides even more drastic results, with individuals expected to lose 70% of their excess body weight over the two-year period following the surgery. The vast majority of this weight loss occurs within the first 12 months, during which patients can expect to lose 60% of their excess weight. The remaining 10% will be lost over the following year.

Your MDT will prescribe you with a patient lifestyle plan, and sticking to this will greatly increase the chances of successful, long-term weight loss.

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The Side Effects Of Gastric Band Surgery

Are Gastric Bands Safe?

Because gastric bands restrict the patient’s eating, new and healthier eating habits are more easily formed and adopted. Therefore, gastric band surgery is considered a safe and effective long term procedure. Moreover, as gastric bands are relatively easy to fit, there is very little chance of any damage to the patient’s stomach, or other abdominal organs. The band is also very easily removed, and any adjusting such as tightening, can be carried out simply and quickly and with very little discomfort.

Positive Side Effects

The most obvious reason for anyone going ahead with gastric band surgery is to lose significant amounts of weight. With surgery very often leading to massive bodily improvements, both in weight, BMI and general health, the procedure is considered highly tempting.

What Is The Success Rate For Gastric Band Surgery?

Success rates are high with gastric band surgery. On average, 90% of patients lose between half and two thirds of their excess weight. However, it’s important to be aware that the success rate of the surgery is dependent on the attitude of the patient, and long term lifestyle changes are necessary if you want to enjoy the full health benefits of the surgery. Success can be reduced by continuing to eat when you feel full, resulting in vomiting, digestive discomfort and other possible complications.




Post Surgery Side Effects

The process in which a gastric band is fitted is quite an advanced method. The band itself is fitted to the upper area of the stomach through laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, so the incisions themselves are minute. Scars are minimal, however if complications incur, larger incisions may have to be made resulting in larger scar tissue areas. The procedure carried out only takes an approximate time of one hour, however the patient has to be anaesthetised. As with any procedure that involves anaesthetic, the patient will experience side effects of impaired co-ordination and reasoning skills, and will have to stay in hospital for a short period of time post operation.

Many patients will be advised to undertake a pre operational diet in order to shrink the liver, allowing more room for the surgeon to work on the stomach. If this diet is not stuck to complications may evolve and potentially cause the surgery to go wrong. This in turn can lead to an extended operating time and further bruising and swelling on top of the initial expected side effects. Stitches are made to finish the surgery and if these are not dissolvable, they will need to be removed in forthcoming weeks.

What Are The Risks?

Before weight loss surgery can take place, it may put the patient’s mind at rest to know that an assessment will be carried out by a multidisciplinary team (MDT). This medical team is made up of a surgeon, anaesthetist, dietician, specialist weight loss surgical nurse, a psychologist and a gastroenterologist. All have specialist knowledge of gastric band surgery and can therefore alert you to any potential risks you may face, both during and after the procedure.




Long Term Minor Risks

  • Around 5% of patients develop an infection after surgery.This is easily treated with antibiotics if recognised quickly. Chest infections can also occur after surgery especially if you smoke.
  • Losing weight too quickly can cause a patient to develop gallstones(small cholesterol stones which form in the gallbladder). These can be very painful and surgery may be required to remove them.
  • During the procedure complications may occur such as injury to major organs, the spleen or the stomach. The surgical procedure may then have to change to an open surgery as opposed to keyhole in order to rectify these problems.
  • Approximately 10% of patients may need to have a gastric band replaced.This can be due to leakage, deflation, the band slipping out of place or working its way slowly through the patients stomach wall. Symptoms can include vomiting, heartburn and nausea.
  • Around 1 in 35 patients can develop an intolerance to different foods.In extreme cases the gastric band may need to be removed and a gastric bypass operation may be recommended.
  • Around 12-18 months after surgery patients may noticeexcess skin around the tummy, hips, limbs and breasts. This is due to the skin stretching over many years and losing its elasticity.
  • Psychosocial issues can also arise.However, your MDT psychologist will be available to discuss any problems prior to surgery. After the procedure support may also be needed to maintain a steady weight loss as a rapid loss can have psychological and social effects due to various factors surrounding food, family and relationships.

High Risk Groups

Being excessively overweight (morbidly obese) increases the patients chance of complications but other contributing factors are:

  • o Being over 45.
  • o High blood pressure.
  • o Having a BMI (body mass index) of over 50.
  • o Being male.
  • o Previously having a blood clot.

Possible Major Risks

Around 1 in 500 patients are at the risk of death following a gastric band operation. This is usually due to a blood clot (pulmonary embolism), internal bleeding, infection, heart attack or a stroke. For patients with the above contributing factors, the figure can be as high as 1 in 40.

Blood clots are an uncommon complication but these can occur after surgery. A deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that develops inside the leg. If untreated, the clot can travel to the major organs causing death. A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that develops inside the lung. This causes serious breathing difficulties and then death.

Patients may be given herapin (blood thinning medication) or compression stockings to wear to reduce their chance of getting a clot.

Does the Virtual Hypnotic Gastric Band Work?

Diane Blower Gearon ·

Owner at FindHers KeepHers Fit Slim & Beautiful

It certainly does work I have lost 14lb is 4 weeks, also I have no urge what so ever to eat sweets choc biscuits cakes etc at all, I don’t even get any cravings!

Like · Reply · 23 March 2013 12:15

Clinic Compare

Congratulations Diane! Glad to hear this technique worked for you!

Like · Reply · 25 March 2013 02:46

Mark Powlett ·


I find the rise of gastric band hypnosis quite interesting. I really don’t think that it deals with the underlying issues at all.
Is there a chance that they could resurface in the future and leave the client back where they started?
I think time will tell on this one. you may be interested in my blog post about it……/does-paul-mckenna…

Like · Reply · 31 January 2013 08:07

Clinic Compare

I agree Mark it is quite a fascinating area of hypnosis and anecdotally I’ve heard of numerous cases where it’s changed peoples lives. I think that people should explore every conceivable avenue before committing to invasive surgery, this could possibly be one treatment that could work in certain cases.

Like · Reply · 20 February 2013 02:46

Bernice Mc Kenna ·

Spiritual Advisor, Medium and Teacher atSelf-employed

I have done numerous Virtual Gastric Band proceudures with success of over 90%. Eating is all in the mind as a habit anyway, so change your mind, have the hypnotic band , and you can change your life. It works really well, pain free and less costly. I am in Dublin Ireland.

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Nadine Hays

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