Weight Loss Surgery at Fitzwilliam Hospital
Weight loss surgery - also known as bariatric surgery - can help many people but it is not recommended for every one. It is a lifelong - and often life-changing - decision and is not designed for people who are just a few pounds overweight. Before surgery is even considered, your GP may recommend you try to adjust your diet and exercise and possibly try a drug which can help with weight loss.
Weight loss surgery helps you to lose weight by either cutting your intake of food or preventing some of what you eat being absorbed. It is normally used in patients who are significantly overweight and who have tried other methods to lose weight without enough success. An alternative, non-surgical, method is to insert a balloon in your stomach for a period of time, to help you start to lose weight.
At Fitzwilliam Hospital we offer four operations - Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Ballooning and Gastric Bypass. These procedures work by either 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.
These procedures can result in a loss of around 60% of excess weight over time. The main difference between the procedures is that the Gastric Band is adjustable and also potentially reversible and 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.
Surgery is now a well established and effective method of achieving significant weight loss. Effective weight loss in turn leads to improvement in conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
Patients with a BMI > 40, or BMI > 35 with co-morbidities can be considered for this type of surgery.
Surgery has been given the approval of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.
For more information please call our weight loss specialists on: 0800 014 9102