Weight Loss Surgery
Weight Loss Surgery
More and more people are becoming overweight, as the calories they consume are not used up through exercise and everyday life. These unused calories are stored in our body as fat.
Many overweight people will find it difficult to exercise or even to move around normally, and their everyday life will be affected by their weight. In the long term, being overweight can increase the chances of developing serious conditions such as type II diabetes, heart conditions and hypertension. It can also affect people's self-confidence and self-esteem.
Many people are advised to lose weight by their GP but find this difficult, even if they diet or try to exercise more. Weight loss surgery may be an option for some of them.
We offer four operations - these are Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Ballooning and Gastric Bypass. All of these procedures work by reducing the actual size (Sleeve Gastrectomy) or effectively reducing the capacity (Gastric Banding) size of the stomach, thus reducing the amount of food eaten at mealtimes.
The main difference between the procedures is that the gastric band is adjustable and also potentially reversible, the balloon is removable, whereas the Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Bypass permanently reduces stomach size and capacity.
Operations are normally performed using keyhole techniques resulting in rapid post-operative recovery. The Gastric Balloon which is a temporary treatment (up to 6 month) is an endoscopic treatment designed to help educate the patient into long term healthier eating habits.
Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery
The obvious benefit of having surgery is that you should lose weight over a period of months or years. Many people find that losing weight is far easier after surgery because they feel full more easily and can’t overeat.
There is increasing evidence that losing weight when you are obese can offer long-term health benefits. These include:
- Many overweight patients with diabetes find this improves after surgery and weight loss
- You may see improvements in conditions such as high blood pressure and sleep problems
- The majority of patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease who lost weight after surgery saw an improvement in their condition - or in some cases the condition disappeared
- A reduction in the chances of getting weight related health problems such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes
Most people who have weight loss surgery are pleased with the results and don’t suffer from serious complications.
But every medical treatment carries some risk: weight loss surgery is no exception and it is important to discuss this with your consultant.
Patients can sometimes not lose as much weight as they hoped or may put weight back on after initially losing it.
It is important to discuss what the likely outcomes from treatment are with your surgeon and their team.