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Gastric Band Gastric Bypass Gastric Sleeve Gastric Balloon Conversion Surgery Gastric Band Failure Gastric Bypass Failure Gastric Sleeve Conversion


Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery provides a surgical solution to people who are obese in order to help them lose weight. Bariatric Surgery, also known as weight loss surgery can be categorised into many different procedures, each with their own pro’s and con’s and levels of complexity. Essentially, they all attempt to restrict the capacity of the stomach to limit the amount of food a patient can eat at any one time, in turn limiting calorie intake. Bariatric surgery is a life changing decision and the chances of success are greatly improved when the patient also makes positive lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet and regular exercise. Different types of Bariatric surgery include Gastric Band, Gastric Balloon, Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass.

Weight loss treatments in detail

Find out more about the weight loss treatments Ramsay Health Care offer:

Gastric Band

Gastric Band

Adjustable gastric banding / gastric bands (sometimes known as a lap band) is a restrictive Bariatric surgerical procedure.


A silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small pouch above the band, that is about the size of a golf ball. This forms a large pouch below the band.

Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass

There are several variations of a Gastric Bypass. The most common procedure in the UK is the Roux-en-Y, also known as RYGB. It is a combination of restrictive and malabsorptive procedures, therefore has a two-way weight reducing effect.


A small pouch is created by stapling off a section of the upper part of the stomach. Below the staple line the stomach will remain but no food will enter here.

Gastric Sleeve

Gastric Sleeve

Gastric sleeve surgery is a restrictive procedure only. Two thirds of the stomach is resected and removed, leaving a smaller stomach in the shape of a sleeve.

The portion of the stomach removed produces a hormone that stimulates appetite and hunger. Removing this portion of stomach results in a significant reduction in appetite.

Gastric Balloon

Gastric Balloon

For many patients with a BMI (body mass index) of 27 - 35 surgery is not always available or recommended according to the NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines, as patients with a lower BMI do not normally qualify for weight loss surgery.

The gastric balloon is a soft, expandable intragastric (inside the stomach) device that is temporarily inserted into the stomach.

Gastric Band Conversion

Conversion Surgery

Surgery patients are not always successful in reaching their weight loss goals.

Reasons for post-operative weight loss failure can include problems with the original surgery, as well as the patient’s inability to comply with necessary life style changes.


Weight Loss Surgery Cost

Weight Loss Surgery costs typically range from £3,995 to £15,000 throughout the UK. Gastric Band prices typically cost between £5,000 and £8,000. Gastric Balloon prices typically cost between £2,000 and £5,000. Gastric Bypass prices typically cost between £9,500 and 15,000. Gastric Sleeve prices typically cost between £7,000 and £11,000. Gastric Band Conversion prices typically cost between £9,000 and £12,000.