Weight loss treatment options
We offer several options to assist with weight loss, but there are three common surgical procedures. We have performed over 4000 of these with safe, healthy results.
The upper part of the stomach is stapled into a small gastric pouch that is then attached to the small intestine. The smaller stomach means less food is consumed and is sent more directly to the lower intestine. This option is expected to achieve a weight loss of one-third of your body weight.
This procedure is simpler than a bypass. Food follows the usual route, but the stomach is reduced in size by about 80 percent. The stomach is stapled into a narrow tube or “sleeve” shape, with the unwanted part removed. This option is expected to achieve a weight loss of one-quarter of your body weight.
An adjustable inflatable plastic silicone ring is fitted around the top part of the stomach, restricting its size when inflated. This option is expected to achieve a weight loss of one-fifth of your body weight.
The effect of each of these is to make you feel full quicker and be less hungry. Our surgeons have extensive experience of all three options. These procedures are extremely safe and carried out with keyhole surgery, which requires only small incisions, and so results in a quick recovery.
Other options may be more suitable for you – for example, if you have a lower BMI (body mass index) or you are concerned about surgery.
- A gastric balloon does not require you to be sedated and there are no incisions. It is available for patients with a BMI of 27+. A balloon is placed through the mouth and once in the stomach is filled with water to make you feel full. It is a short term measure, with the balloon removed after six months. The expected weight loss is 10-20 kilos (22 – 44 lbs).
- Our drug therapy clinic can support you with an appropriate course of medication and advise of its benefits when used simultaneously with an exercise schedule and reduced-calorie diet.
Suitability for treatment
At your comprehensive one to one initial assessment, your consultant will discuss the options available to you.
There may be medical reasons why one option is more suitable for you – for example, a gastric bypass is often recommended for patients with diabetes, but might not be suitable for someone who has had a lot of previous bowel surgery. Your specialist will advise you honestly if surgery is not in your best interests.