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What types of weight loss surgery are there?

We understand the frustrations behind losing weight, especially if you have been trying for years and not getting the results you want. As well as affecting your confidence and the way you feel about your own body, carrying excess weight can lead to complicated health conditions.

This article will outline all the key features of our weight loss procedures and help you along with your decision in becoming a healthier and more confident you. If you are thinking about weight loss surgery, it’s best to educate yourself on all factors before deciding on the best solution for you.

Gastric Band Surgery

What is gastric band surgery?

Gastric band surgery is one of the most popular types of weight loss procedures available due to it being minimally invasive, quick and easily reversible and adjusted.

As the name suggests, this involves an inflatable silicone band being placed around the top of the stomach through a keyhole procedure – with the end result being a decrease in your average daily calorie consumption (1000-1200 kcal per day), which subsequently leads to weight loss.

How does gastric band surgery work?

The gastric band is placed around the upper section of your stomach- with a tube attached and accessible through a port under the skin of your abdomen. One the band is in place, a surgeon will inject saline solution into the band which will consequently inflate it. Adjustments are then made to ensure the correct degree of constriction is created.

The amount of food that can be held in the stomach at any time is limited- making you feel full quicker after a smaller amount of food. A gastric band is fitted under general anaesthetic and the patient can usually leave the hospital later that same day. After surgery, it is a necessity to follow a strict liquid-only diet with a gradual reintroduction to solid food, ensuring that there are no post-op issues.

How do I prepare for gastric band surgery?

To prepare for gastric band surgery, you are asked to not eat from midnight the evening before surgery. Even before surgery, your surgeon may recommend changing up your diet in preparation, depending on your start weight. This will likely be discussed and decided during your initial consultation.

Am I eligible for gastric band surgery?

To be eligible for gastric band surgery you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have a body mass index (BMI) over 40, or between 30-40 if you have a longstanding weight-related health condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • You must have attempted non-surgical weight-loss methods such as dieting and exercise
  • You must be fit enough to withstand the general anaesthetic that is used for the surgery
  • Must be over the age of 18

It is recommended that you also follow a full weight loss care journey, with support both before and after surgery. At The Hospital Group, we offer a comprehensive care package for anyone choosing gastric band surgery. We are also the only weight loss provider to offer a warranty of 6 years. If you wish to find out more about gastric band surgery, you can find more details on our website.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

What is gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass surgery involves removing some of the stomach and/or stapling it and rerouting the small intestine- making changes to your overall digestive system. The effect of this is that it restricts food intake and reduces hunger. Essentially, your stomach will be smaller and your body will absorb fewer calories.

How does gastric bypass surgery work?

The surgery usually takes between 2-3 hours and this weight loss procedure typically enables patients to lose 55%-70% of excess weight over a 3-year period. In this surgery the surgeon will make 4 to 6 small cuts in your belly, the procedure is then undertaken through these small cuts- whilst a camera is used to visualise what is happening throughout the operation.

After having gastric bypass surgery, you should be able to keep the weight off for many years after; although this is dependant on different lifestyle changes including:

  • Making big changes to your diet and the things you eat
  • Avoiding drinking large amounts of alcohol
  • Exercising as frequently as you are able to

How do I prepare for gastric bypass surgery?

Your pre-op dietary plan will be predetermined by your surgeon. As surgery looms, you will be asked to undertake a liquid-only diet (some solid foods may be allowed dependant on your overall health).

Am I eligible for gastric bypass surgery?

Bariatric surgery may be the option for you if you have any health issues- including sleep apnoea of diabetes. To be eligible for gastric bypass surgery, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have a body mass index (BMI) over 40, or between 30-40 if you have a longstanding weight-related health condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • You must have attempted non-surgical weight-loss methods such as dieting and exercise
  • You must be fit enough to withstand the anaesthetic that is used for the surgery
  • Must be over the age of 18

If you want to find out more about the gastric bypass procedure or to discuss whether this is the right option for you, you can book a consultation with one of our friendly patient advisors. Remember, Bariatric surgery is not a replacement for unhealthy habits, but will assist you in consuming fewer calories and potentially leading a healthier lifestyle.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery
What is gastric sleeve surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery is a restrictive procedure which reduces the amount of food you can eat by reducing the overall size of your stomach. After this procedure, you will only be able to eat small meals and you will essentially be fuller for a longer period of time.

How does gastric sleeve surgery work?

This surgical procedure involves removing the upper section of the stomach, taking away the area that produces the hunger hormone ghrelin- reducing appetite and helping to achieve effective weight loss results. Alike to gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve surgery has the ability to be done laparoscopically- meaning that there will be fewer incisions. The surgery typically results in a 55-60% loss of excess weight after 3 years.

There is also a possibility that you can have this surgery done in one or two stages. For more information surrounding this, book a free consultation today.

How do I prepare for gastric sleeve surgery?

You will be given a specific diet to follow by your surgeon, beginning around two weeks before your surgery is taking place. You will be asked to primarily eat lean meat protein, vegetables, and low-calorie fluids.

Usually, before gastric sleeve surgery, patients are not permitted to eat to ensure that the stomach is empty, and to ensure no issues arise during surgery.

Am I eligible for gastric bypass surgery?

Bariatric surgery may be the option for you if you have any health issues, including sleep apnoea or diabetes. To be eligible for gastric bypass surgery, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have a body mass index (BMI) over 40, or between 30-40 if you have a longstanding weight-related health condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • You must have attempted non-surgical weight-loss methods such as dieting and exercise
  • You must be fit enough to withstand the anaesthetic that is used for the surgery
  • Must be over the age of 18

You should only decide to help weight loss surgery if you fully understand what is involved and the long-term effects of the surgery. If you want to have the peace of mind that you can reverse surgery, then a gastric band may be the best option. When considering which hospital to use, you should choose one with highly qualified surgeons, and a hospital which offers a comprehensive aftercare service alongside the surgery.

So, if you are ready to start a new and exciting journey to a healthier you, book your consultation today.

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