Gastric band surgery

What is it?

A gastric band is a small device (a silicone ring) that is placed around your stomach during a laparoscopic (key-hole) surgery. The band divides your stomach into two parts. The small upper stomach pouch limits the stomach’s capacity and increases the feeling of fullness so it helps you lose weight. After the implantation the band has to be adjusted (usually a few times before the suitable size is reached). Adjustment is a quick and simple 10-15 minute procedure. A doctor adds or removes fluid from the band via the small access port which is located just under the skin. The first adjustment of the gastric band is usually performed six weeks after your abroad surgery and can be done in Poland. Following adjustments can be done at local weight loss clinics (we provide the addresses). The doctor provides you with all the info on how to ‘cooperate’ with the gastric band to get the best weight loss results after the abroad surgery. The bands are designed for lifelong implantation although they can be removed if needed.

Who it is for?

Gastric surgery abroad is an ideal solution for those who can’t afford high surgery fees or simply don’t want to overpay in the UK, Ireland or Scandinavian countries. Best candidates are between 18 and 60 years old and significantly overweight (BMI 35 or higher). Patients with BMI between 32 and 35 will be considered if their obesity is associated with some other health issues. Patients are initially qualified based on a medical questionnaire. After your arrival some additional medical tests are performed (blood tests and a digestive tract edoscopy). You will also have a face to face consultation with our surgeon.

Surgery info

The surgery takes up to 1 hour 30 minutes and is performed under general anaesthetics. It is carried out by a fully qualified and experienced surgeon in a presence of a certified anaesthetist in a sterile operating room in a private hospital. Laparoscopic surgeries are minimally invasive and leave much less scarring then other obesity surgeries. The surgeon uses slender surgical instruments passed through small incisions in the abdomen. This method causes much less pain and fewer wound complications then open operations. Neither long hospital stay nor long recovery periods are needed.

Hospital stay

After surgery you will stay one night in the hospital at one of the post-operative rooms. During that time you will be looked after by a doctor and nurses. They will provide all needed medication and meals.

Hospital info

The procedure is available at a private hospital ‘Bydgoszcz Osielsko clinic’. More details about our venues in ‘Our clinics’ section.

Required stay in Poland

5 nights in total. Due to safety reasons, we recommend staying in Poland a minimum of 3 nights after the procedure. The first of those nights is spent in a hospital. It is necessary to arrive a couple of days before the procedure as the medical tests take place in the morning one day prior to surgery.

Accommodation

While in Poland, we recommend staying in one of the ‘Bydgoszcz hotels‘. Please find more info in ‘Accommodation’.

Contraindications

Mental disorders (schizophrenia, severe depression, bulimia, suicidal tendencies), endocrine disease (adrenal or thyroid dysfunction), abuse of alcohol or drugs, inflammatory diseases of the digestive tract, cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Possible complications

The gastric band treatment is relatively safe and complications are rare. Some of them are: internal infection, stomach pains, vomiting, constipation, pouch dilatation, port dislocation, band slippage/leakage.

Post-operative guidelines

Provided by the surgeon.

Surgery cost

From  13 300 PLN / £2714 / €3129.

This includes a consultation with a surgeon and an anaesthetist, general anaesthetics, cost of the band itself, 1 night of hospital stay, and a check-up visit.

Additional costs are required pre-op medical tests (around 300 PLN / £61 / €71) and medications prescribed by the doctor (around 250 PLN / £51 / €59).

You are recommended to purchase prior to procedure a special abdominal belt and compression stockings for after surgery. They can be bought at a pharmacy in Poland at around 50 PLN / £10 / €12 for the belt and around 120 PLN / £24 / €28 for the stockings.

Obligatory transfers and English speaking assistance package purchase – see details in a “Transfers” section below.

Flights

Return flight prices from most popular locations start from around £50 / €56.

Bygdoszcz airport BZG – 15-min drive from the town

Poznań airport POZ – around 2h drive (own arrangements or additional charge for the transfers applies – subject to availability)

Gdańsk airport GDN – around 2,5h drive (own arrangements or additional charge for the transfers applies – subject to availability)

Transfers

Obligatory to purchase. Includes transfers and assistance of an English speaking resident. The basic price is 500 PLN / £102 / €118 per package (for one patient and one non-patient companion) and may be higher if some individual changes are made in a program of stay.