• Manchester, Liverpool, St Helens & Birmingham
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  • clinic@pallmallbariatrics.co.uk
Professor Franco Favretti specialist gastric band and bariatric weight loss surgeon at Pall Mall Bariatrics

Prof. Franco Favretti

Consultant Bariatric Surgeon
  • Occupation:
    Bariatric Surgeon
  • Experience:
    Over 5000 Procedures
  • Core Skills:
    Gastric Band Surgery
  • Certificates:
  • Location:
    University of Padua, Italy


As one of the most experienced obesity surgeons in the world, widely considered as the Godfather of gastric banding, we are highly privileged that Professor Franco Favretti can perform weight loss surgery for Pall Mall Bariatrics here in the UK.

Personal Experience

  • Graduated from University of Padua, Italy
  • Qualified as a general surgeon and thoracic surgeon. Performed laparoscopic surgery as early as 1991 and obesity (bariatric) surgery as early as 1983
  • Worked with Dr Kuzmak to turn his concept of an adjustable gastric band into reality, culminating in the first implantation of the first LAP-BAND by Belachew in 1993
  • Performed the second ever gastric band implantation just one week later
  • Developed the surgical technique for the laparoscopic gastric band used by most surgeons worldwide today
  • Pioneered new procedures such as SILS. In 2009 for Healthier Weight, he was the first to implant a gastric band by single incision rather than the standard 4 or 5 incisions. Implanting the band through the belly button means our patients benefit from a gastric band procedure which leaves no visible scars
  • Performed international workshops where over 120 surgeons worldwide were given “hands-on” training on the laparotomic and laparoscopic application of LAP-BAND
  • Published more than 150 medical articles in world journals including the British Journal of Surgery, Surgical Endoscopy, Obesity Surgery, Journal de Coelio-Chirurgie, Surgical Laparoscopy & Endoscopy, International Surgery, Hepato-Gastroenterology

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