Procedure has 90pc success rate -- and risks
IT may be considered the easiest way to "get thin quick" and has been used by numerous celebrities to dramatically slim down their figures. However, gastric banding is not without risks.
Banding involves fitting a band to the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch. It means that the person feels full after eating just a small amount.
The band can then be adjusted to increase or decrease the size of the pouch, allowing the person to eat more or less as their weight loss progresses.
It usually takes an hour to perform and studies have shown that 90pc of patients maintain initial weight loss.
However, like all surgical procedures, it carries certain risks, including blood clots and infection.
Many patients opt to go abroad due to lengthy waiting lists in the public health system.