Reaching your weight loss goal can prove difficult, and we know that every weight loss journey is different. If you are struggling to lose weight and have exhausted endless diets and exercise regimes, weight loss surgery could be the answer.
Weight loss surgery is a procedure that helps to control your appetite and reduce your portion sizes, meaning that sticking to a healthy eating plan is easier. There are various weight loss surgery options available, all designed to help you achieve your weight loss goals, lead an active lifestyle, and reduce the risk of obesity-related health problems.
The Hospital Group offers a variety of weight loss surgery solutions. Our gastric band, gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and conversion surgeries will support you in losing weight and encourage a healthier lifestyle. And, of course, our support doesn’t end with the surgery itself – thanks to our dedicated surgeons, nurses, dietitians and surgeon assistants, we are on hand to offer the very best guidance and expertise before, during, and long after your treatment.
You will need to meet certain criteria to qualify for weight loss treatment, and one of them is your BMI (body mass index). Your BMI is your body mass divided by the square of your height. Weight loss surgery can be considered for most people who have a BMI of over 40.
If you have an obesity-related condition such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnoea, joint problems, osteoarthritis, asthma or cardiovascular disease, you might be considered for surgery if your BMI is between 30 and 40. However, every person is different and there are several factors which need taken into account, such as your family history and any previous attempts at weight loss. These can all be discussed during a free consultation with our weight loss specialists.
We’re here to help and advise you at every stage of your weight loss journey, with regular appointments, dedicated specialist dietitians and nurses forming part of your aftercare package. Life after weight loss surgery can result in a happier and healthier lifestyle, and many of our patients report overall improvement in their wellbeing. However, you will need to make dietary changes to reach your long-term weight loss goals and improve your health.
You will be advised to follow a specific diet to prepare for the surgery itself. Following the procedure, our dieticians will advise you on the gradual progression through liquids, pureed food and soft food before eventually moving back onto solid foods. The timeframe for each phase can vary but most patients are able to progress onto solid food after 4 weeks.
Recovery time can take between 1 to 8 weeks, depending on the procedure you have. During your recovery period, some patients experience significant weight loss, and you may find that obesity-related health problems could have already started to improve.
It is important to remember that weight-loss surgery is a helping hand and a tool to make sticking to a healthy eating plan easier, rather than a quick fix. You will need to remain fully committed over the long term to successfully improve your health.
Just like any kind of surgery, weight loss surgery carries some risks. Some of the complications can happen immediately after surgery, while others might occur after time has passed. Some of the complications that can occur include: Gastric band slipping out of place
Many of the risks are low, but it’s important to be aware of them. Your weight loss expert (a bariatric nurse or dietitian) and surgeon will talk to you about them in more detail during your free consultation and prior to the surgery itself.
As the UK’s largest and most trusted provider of weight loss and cosmetic surgery, choosing treatment with us means you can expect the best possible care. Collectively, our expert surgeons, dietitians, bariatric nurses and weight loss support team have decades of experience and they are dedicated to going above and beyond to help you on your road to weight management success.
We have the most established network of clinics across the UK, so we are never too far away for your free consultation or weight loss surgery follow-up appointment. Our private hospital, Burcot Hall near Birmingham, is the UK’s largest specialist facility of its kind and specifically designed to meet the needs of weight loss surgery patients.
Our dedicated surgeons, nurses, dietitians, surgeon assistants and weight loss support team will provide exceptional care at every step of your journey, from the moment you have your first consultation all the way through to your recovery.
Our aftercare package is second-to-none and offers exceptional benefits, including unlimited post-operation appointments with a clinical team member whenever you need them, on-going dietitian support for weight management, access to urgent telephone support, and more.
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