Gastric band

Hi I'm 6"3 and weight about 400lbs I've struggled with my weight for years up and down never below 350lbs I had a pacemaker fitted a year ago ( sick sinus syndrome) and I'm thinking of having gastric band surgery to help with the weight loss. What I'm asking is this even possible has anyone had it done and the cost in the uk. Or dose anyone know of any other options I do try to eat healthy and I do walk but it's getting harder on my feet and knees and get out of breath easy carrying the excess weight 


Gastric Band Surgery

by Selwyn - 2020-05-25 12:43:11

Cost is between £5-9K.

Outcomes can be variable.

See   for outcome.

 See  for comparison of surgeries.

Two of my friends have had. One  did not make any difference in the long run- she is still overweight. Other had 1/2 his stomach removed ( looked like he had be shot with an automatic weapon across his abdomen). This did help.

One great advantage is that  type 2 diabetes may actually resolve with surgery. 

When we did a local  survey as to what people found to be most beneficial, 'Weight Watchers' came out tops. 

Best of luck. 



by Swangirl - 2020-05-25 12:48:40

Dr. Greger at is my health guru.  It is plant based (vegan).  I started a group and we are 50 members who have had dramatic health transformations changing to plants.  It isn't as hard as you might imagine.

Please do not promote known snake oil salesmen!

by ar_vin - 2020-05-25 13:24:45

AKA Dr G. 

He's a clown and there are NO facts in his material.

He's just another scammer preying on the ignorance of the "believers".

As the OP knows well, weight loss through dietary modification is extremely variable across individuals. To promote a one size fits all "solution" is not just wrong, it's borderline criminal.



Weight loss

by AgentX86 - 2020-05-25 14:01:29

Ar_vin is right on the money.  This is a very personal thing and what works for one won't necessarily for another. For certain, "fat shaming" doesn't work and will likely make the situation worse.  What does work, and probably the only thing that will (for any sort of addiction) is the will to change.  Other things, like Weight Watchers or whatever, may help but they're just a help, rather like AA is for alcoholics.  It has to start with a real committment to change one's lifestyle (no different than AA).  What changes one is willing to make will vary by individual.  The bottom line, though, is calories-in has to be less than calories-out.  Any other "plan" is snake oil (follow the money).

A gastric band may be the exception because it physically limits the food intake but as we've heard above, it's not foolproof.  There is always a way to get around any "solution" if one isn't committed to the solution.  It has to be undertaken as a life-long committment and not a short-term fix so one can get back to "anything and everything I want to eat".

Sorry, but there is no short answer to the original question (or I'd get rich with some snake oil of my own ;-).  It's a hard one that probably needs to be discussed with one's doctors.  They won't have a solution that's going to work either (until there is a real committment) but they'll be able to advise one on a safe way to do it and perhaps have some options.  Much of the snake oil being sold out there isn't safe.

Good luck!  If you are committed, a help group like WW may work.  Think of it as an AA meeting, though.  It only works if you really want to change.


by Philm313 - 2020-05-25 19:15:26

thanks for the addvise I am a chef and do have a very good understanding of the benifits of healthy eating but a plant based diet is defintly not an option for me i have stopped eating as much prossed foods and am eating alot more fish and chicken but im finding that to feel full i have to eat more i do use the plate system 1/4 protein 1/4 carbs 1/2 veg but i find im hungry again with in 30 mins or so i think part of the problem is i must be a good cook cos i love my own food. fat shameing is the worst when people ask if i've put weight on it makes me anoyed with myself and i either starve myself for a couple of days and then get so hungry i pig out or i get depressed and comfort eat i know theres no easy answer and its a life style change and not a diet i need. but thanks for your advice i'll give my gp a call


by AgentX86 - 2020-05-25 20:09:11

A chef!  Ouch, that's gotta hurt, being around all that food all day long.  I feel for you.  Yes, starving yourself is not the way to go.  It needs to be a long-term solution.  It took a long time to get here.  It's not giong to go away in a week (or year). 

Exercise is good but I found that the more exercise I did, the more I ate (still the case).  My fix was to exercise so much that I couldn't possibly get as many calories in as I was expending.  ...only half kidding here.  It's a lot harder the heavier you are but start slowly and challenge yourself to more.  I found that soon it became a game.  Some would probably say it became an obsession, and trading one addiction for another.  OK, I can live with that.

Again, good luck, and I really hope that you can find a formula that works for you.

Ar_Vin You know nothing about Dr. Greger

by Swangirl - 2020-05-26 16:03:50

Ar_Vin please stop saying false things about Dr. Greger and  Everything he puts on his free ad-free website is founded on nothing but research.  Maybe you are just hostile to vegans or people who aspire to a plant based lifestyle, but please stop putting things on this website that are not true.  You obviously have never looked at Dr. Greger's material.  

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