Just in the process of applying for jobs etc as an NQT, and wanted to know if I need to declare about a gastric band I had fitted 5 years ago. I lost 9 stone, and to all appearances, you would never know. When I looked into Life assurance a year ago, they wanted to quote more for my payments. I don't know why. Never had a day off sick as a result of my gastric band, in fact my health has never been better. Just don't know what the 'done' thing is.