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Has anyone had a Gastric Band fitted?

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5y, 7m agoPosted 5 years, 7 months ago
Asking only as my Dad's DR has sent a letter to a consultant to put my Dad forward for having one.

My Dad is really overweight, Down to a mixture of eating habits, bad heart and arthritis in his knees. These problems mainly started once slightly over weight though. He knows this, but more things keep developing like Diabetes.
He has tried all sorts of diets, but struggles with will power and as he works on the roads all day he ends up just eating where he can stop.

Ok I know this will get a lot of bad feedback as I know people see people like my Dad as a drain to the NHS. I love my Dad to bits, and I know his weight is all down to his fault, but I want him around for a few more years so I am all up for him having this.

I am just after feedback from people who have had the surgery and how it has changed your life. ALso if you had it done privately what was the cost?
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5y, 7m agoPosted 5 years, 7 months ago
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#1
driving job?

Try a packed lunch, healthy, drink coke zero. And walk more between journeys.
#2
I know I said this to him, Once he has it done its not a quick fix, He will literally have to change his whole lifestyle. He can't walk far due to his knees, and they won't get better till he loses some weight, He is now stuck in a vicious cycle where he can't do much exercise till he shifts weight.

Its sad to see really, I have managed to lose my weight just on a diet, but no matter how he wishes he could it just doesnt happen :(
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seems like a justified case unlike others

its around £7000 privately so should be a lesser cost to the nhs and ultimately will save the nhs money

I have no problem with people in these circumstances having it done but it should never be removed without payment unless complications occur.
#4
csiman
seems like a justified case unlike others

its around £7000 privately so should be a lesser cost to the nhs and ultimately will save the nhs money

I have no problem with people in these circumstances having it done but it should never be removed without payment unless complications occur.

I was saying to my husband about if I was in this situation we would look at remortgaging, He agreed. I do hope he has it done, even if it costs my Dad as he adores my children and to think he could be taken early just due to weight issues is quite worrying.

My husband reckons his age of 59 would be something against him when it comes to the NHS agreeing, as they would have younger people who are in need.
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Gastric banding is pretty safe but your dad will need to work on his willpower as I've met people who've managed to keep eating despite having gastric bands (there are ways around it!) but because you end up vomiting all the excess up, it can lead to further problems. And there are possible complications, as with all surgeries. But when they work, which thankfully is in the vast majority, they work very well and can lead to massive weight loss relatively quickly!
However, in the longer term, he'll still need exercise to strengthen his knees and help with his heart problems so it is a long road.
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beth3735
csiman
seems like a justified case unlike others

its around £7000 privately so should be a lesser cost to the nhs and ultimately will save the nhs money

I have no problem with people in these circumstances having it done but it should never be removed without payment unless complications occur.


I was saying to my husband about if I was in this situation we would look at remortgaging, He agreed. I do hope he has it done, even if it costs my Dad as he adores my children and to think he could be taken early just due to weight issues is quite worrying.

My husband reckons his age of 59 would be something against him when it comes to the NHS agreeing, as they would have younger people who are in need.

I disagree that age 59 should be against him tbh. its not like hes that old really and young people have a better chance of getting thinner by exercise.

He has to be fuly committed though before they will even consider him.

good luck anyway
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him having a band will prob save the NHS loadsa money long term anyways. good luck to him :D

btw abroad (belgium) is about 5grand, and here about 6 grand. whats his BMI btw? might be better if he asked for a bypass if he is quite big.
#8
czar.nik
Gastric banding is pretty safe but your dad will need to work on his willpower as I've met people who've managed to keep eating despite having gastric bands (there are ways around it!) but because you end up vomiting all the excess up, it can lead to further problems. And there are possible complications, as with all surgeries. But when they work, which thankfully is in the vast majority, they work very well and can lead to massive weight loss relatively quickly!
However, in the longer term, he'll still need exercise to strengthen his knees and help with his heart problems so it is a long road.

When I mentioned to him about how he would still have to diet in a way, he has said that he would be going into this 100% as he knows its a lot of expense, hassle and work just to get the band fitted that he wouldn't want to mess it up. But I feel the consultant would want to see his will power improve which ideally is for the best, so that they know they are not wasting their time.
#9
He has been told they wont refer him for a bypass, Not sure on the reasons, Maybe to do with his heart im not sure.

Umm not 100% on his weight, but it would definatly be up around 39-40 BMI.
#10
i know someone had it done..she is in her 40s. I know she was ill for a while after-but shes slim now! i can only guess her size before maybe 24? now i would say 14. She looks fit and well too now.
Im sure it can only be a positive thing but your dad may be off work for a while after?
#11
Gastric banding is basically like forced dieting, in terms of the physiology of it. the age shouldn't work against him too much as 59 is relatively young these days! its not that expensive in the grand scheme of things, its just that v few places do it so can be long waiting times.
But he would have to prove his commitment before they'd even consider giving him the op. Can't remember how they assess that though.... Think its simple things like basic weight control for a few months in between seeing the consultant, like making sure not to put any more weight on.... Not 100% on that one though but the Dr will tell you when you see them.
#12
beth3735
He has been told they wont refer him for a bypass, Not sure on the reasons, Maybe to do with his heart im not sure.

Umm not 100% on his weight, but it would definatly be up around 39-40 BMI.


Gastric bypass is a much bigger operation than banding and more complications. They prob won't consider him because of his heart problems mainly and things like diabetes, age etc also come in to play.
#13
plumberman01
i know someone had it done..she is in her 40s. I know she was ill for a while after-but shes slim now! i can only guess her size before maybe 24? now i would say 14. She looks fit and well too now.
Im sure it can only be a positive thing but your dad may be off work for a while after?

I have tried googling how long it takes for recovery for it, But the time scale varies from sites. I would love to see my Dad smaller, Even if he lost 5st, that would make a fantastic difference.
I live too far from him to drag him to a Slimming World, or the Gym. and each time I see him, he just seems bigger.

I was a bit worried at first about him replacing 1 addiction (food) with another addiction, But the more I thought about it, the more I just realised this can only be a good thing for his health really.
#14
czar.nik
Gastric banding is basically like forced dieting, in terms of the physiology of it. the age shouldn't work against him too much as 59 is relatively young these days! its not that expensive in the grand scheme of things, its just that v few places do it so can be long waiting times.
But he would have to prove his commitment before they'd even consider giving him the op. Can't remember how they assess that though.... Think its simple things like basic weight control for a few months in between seeing the consultant, like making sure not to put any more weight on.... Not 100% on that one though but the Dr will tell you when you see them.

I had it in my mind that they make you lose 10% of your body weight I think to show commitment, not 100% either on that lol. I would love to be able to go with my Dad for his main appointment, I feel like he needs some real support, My Mum if a great supporter for him, but they have both grown used to that lifestyle even though my Mum isnt as drastic as my Dad.
#15
I did think it would of started already.
#16
I've had a gastric bypass, and from what i researched before taking the plunge, I find it preferble. Its non reversable, wheras a band has to be removed, so thats another surgery and further cost. It also means it is much easier to put weight on when it has been removed. This is what IO learnt from research, so will gladly hold my hands up and say im wrong if proven otherwise. I had mine done privately in belgium, cost about £9000, which included 4 days in hosp, a full day of tests, flights and acc for 2 people. In England I think a bypass is around £12000.
I would definately recommend a gastric surgery though, as it may cost say £7000 of the nhs money now, but all the complications, medication, and other medical treatments which will arise from being overweight will probably cost alot more in the long run.
If the recovery is anything like a bypass, its not terrible, I was up and about within 3 days, and as active as usual within 2 weeks, was like severe abdominal pain after overworking at the gym. And I had it laporascopically(spelling??) so the scars were minimal.
I havent read through other replies as I'm in a rush to get back to my work, so I'm not sure how much extra help I am.
#17
in my opinion he should get it on the nhs, as he has worked (im assumin all his life) and does not "sponge" of the benefits system (no offence to people on the benefits system who for whatever reason have no choice) i also work, i am a size 22/24 25 yr old woman, with 2 kids, i am constantly tellin my partner i would liek a gastric bands to which his reply is always "i like you how you are" lucily, my weight does not YET effect my movement/excersise at all really, i say good luck to your dad, if its what he wants and he has your support then go for it. obviously all types or surgery has its risks, but, if he is prepared to take them, then, good one him!!!! let us know if he does go for it and what the outcome is :)
#18
although, i should mention that my aunti (who has never worked a day in her lifetime) has had numerous gastric bands fitted on the NHS as she has constantly abused them and carried on eating crappy foods, has now been left with a cholostomy bag which is there for life, due to some sort of complication on her last gastric band fitting
AATS
in my opinion he should get it on the nhs, as he has worked (im assumin all his life) and does not "sponge" of the benefits system (no offence to people on the benefits system who for whatever reason have no choice) i also work, i am a size 22/24 25 yr old woman, with 2 kids, i am constantly tellin my partner i would liek a gastric bands to which his reply is always "i like you how you are" lucily, my weight does not YET effect my movement/excersise at all really, i say good luck to your dad, if its what he wants and he has your support then go for it. obviously all types or surgery has its risks, but, if he is prepared to take them, then, good one him!!!! let us know if he does go for it and what the outcome is :)
#19
tatemze
I've had a gastric bypass, and from what i researched before taking the plunge, I find it preferble. Its non reversable, wheras a band has to be removed, so thats another surgery and further cost. It also means it is much easier to put weight on when it has been removed. This is what IO learnt from research, so will gladly hold my hands up and say im wrong if proven otherwise. I had mine done privately in belgium, cost about £9000, which included 4 days in hosp, a full day of tests, flights and acc for 2 people. In England I think a bypass is around £12000.
I would definately recommend a gastric surgery though, as it may cost say £7000 of the nhs money now, but all the complications, medication, and other medical treatments which will arise from being overweight will probably cost alot more in the long run.
If the recovery is anything like a bypass, its not terrible, I was up and about within 3 days, and as active as usual within 2 weeks, was like severe abdominal pain after overworking at the gym. And I had it laporascopically(spelling??) so the scars were minimal.
I havent read through other replies as I'm in a rush to get back to my work, so I'm not sure how much extra help I am.

Thank you for your reply it has been helpful, Have you found its the best thing you ever did? Glad to hear its not months worth of recovery too from any type of Gastric surgery.

AATS
in my opinion he should get it on the nhs, as he has worked (im assumin all his life) and does not "sponge" of the benefits system (no offence to people on the benefits system who for whatever reason have no choice) i also work, i am a size 22/24 25 yr old woman, with 2 kids, i am constantly tellin my partner i would liek a gastric bands to which his reply is always "i like you how you are" lucily, my weight does not YET effect my movement/excersise at all really, i say good luck to your dad, if its what he wants and he has your support then go for it. obviously all types or surgery has its risks, but, if he is prepared to take them, then, good one him!!!! let us know if he does go for it and what the outcome is :)

Yes my Dad has worked from a boy and went for years and years without any sick days from work. But in the past month he needed a couple of days off due to him injuring his ankle and the weight he carries means it takes longer to recover.
I think it will be a very long wait if the consultant does agree he can have it done. But fingers crossed he gets the go ahead and it will change his life for the better.
Poor Auntie, she was obviously not mentally stable enough for this type of thing ( 1 big worry about my Dad too ) I am greatful for you telling me that last bit as its nice to know the things that can go wrong if you abuse it, Also I can let me dad know too.
#20
Yes it was definately the best thing I ever did, I'm 25 now, and was was 23 when I had it done, a size 20, possibly 22 (denial) and just couldnt seem to keep it off on my own, I'd managed to lose it, but everytime I gained it again, more came with it.

AATS, at your age (and obviously this is only personal, not prof opinion) if you are serious about having gastric surgery, go for the bypass, not a band. The band has to come off, and if it comes off say in 5 years, you would only be 30 and have the potential to pile it all back on, probably quite quickly too, and you've lots of your life left to have to go through it all again. I would wholehearted recommend a bypass, its been over two years and my portions are still very small, but I can eat whatever I want, just small amounts, I got down to a steady weight 10months after surgery, and have stayed the same since, its been 26months since the op. I had to pay for mine privately because I wasn't big enough for my doctor to be bothered, even though it was really affecting my life, I would happily give any recommendations or advice to anyone considering it.
#21
OP can your dad's GP refer him onto an exercise scheme at your local leisure centre ? I was referred by my GP due to weight problems and it was really helpful - people in the class were of all ages and abilities and the exercises were geared individually to each person's needs.

I've been overweight for years but it's only now in my 40's that the problems started to show - backache when walking, knees hurting etc - my GP mentioned a gastric band back in Dec and just the thought of that and the realisation that I was in such a bad state that he thought the only option was surgery, scared me so much that I joined Slimming World the next day and so far have lost over 3 stone in 4 months. I think you need to get to a point where you suddenly realise the harm you are doing yourself and know that you can't carry on like that before you can fully commit and make a real difference.

If your dad cannot commit to a gentle exercise routine or healthy eating routine before the operation, how will he manage afterwards ? He will still have the same cravings and hunger as before, as he will have been eating unhealthily right up until the op.

Good luck to everyone who suffers with this problem - I know how hard it is as I thought I had no will power myself, but once I truly realised my problem, I learnt to deal with it.
#22
tatemze
Yes it was definately the best thing I ever did, I'm 25 now, and was was 23 when I had it done, a size 20, possibly 22 (denial) and just couldnt seem to keep it off on my own, I'd managed to lose it, but everytime I gained it again, more came with it.

AATS, at your age (and obviously this is only personal, not prof opinion) if you are serious about having gastric surgery, go for the bypass, not a band. The band has to come off, and if it comes off say in 5 years, you would only be 30 and have the potential to pile it all back on, probably quite quickly too, and you've lots of your life left to have to go through it all again. I would wholehearted recommend a bypass, its been over two years and my portions are still very small, but I can eat whatever I want, just small amounts, I got down to a steady weight 10months after surgery, and have stayed the same since, its been 26months since the op. I had to pay for mine privately because I wasn't big enough for my doctor to be bothered, even though it was really affecting my life, I would happily give any recommendations or advice to anyone considering it.


pretty sure bands are for life.....well done on ur loss and happy bypass life. :)
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#24
If he is paying for it out of his own money then I dont have a problem with it

If I am paying via my NI/Taxes then I have a big problem,just because he cant keep off the greggs and is too lazy to exercise why should money spent be spent on him rather then some one who has a genuine illness


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dcx_badass
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I was going to have the procedure done but I woke up mid-operation and ate the gastric band.
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magicbeans
tatemze
Yes it was definately the best thing I ever did, I'm 25 now, and was was 23 when I had it done, a size 20, possibly 22 (denial) and just couldnt seem to keep it off on my own, I'd managed to lose it, but everytime I gained it again, more came with it.

AATS, at your age (and obviously this is only personal, not prof opinion) if you are serious about having gastric surgery, go for the bypass, not a band. The band has to come off, and if it comes off say in 5 years, you would only be 30 and have the potential to pile it all back on, probably quite quickly too, and you've lots of your life left to have to go through it all again. I would wholehearted recommend a bypass, its been over two years and my portions are still very small, but I can eat whatever I want, just small amounts, I got down to a steady weight 10months after surgery, and have stayed the same since, its been 26months since the op. I had to pay for mine privately because I wasn't big enough for my doctor to be bothered, even though it was really affecting my life, I would happily give any recommendations or advice to anyone considering it.


pretty sure bands are for life.....well done on ur loss and happy bypass life. :)


I thought they had to be removed after so many years as they aren't made to last forever, maybe you just have to have it replaced, and they do need adjusting. i went for the bypass because it was so permanent.
and thankyou, but i don't deserve a well done, i i didn't do anything but pay someone to fix my problem for me

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