Bariatric Surgery is proven to be a safe and effective way to loose weight, sustain weight loss and improve quality of life. Surgery for obesity is now proven to improve conditions such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure & Arthritis. National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published guidelines for those who will benefit from Obesity Surgery.
Am I suitable for an operation?
If your BMI is above 40 or above 35, but have obesity related health problems, you are suitable for surgery. There is emerging evidence that surgery is beneficial for patients with lesser BMI.
How does a weight loss operation work?
The operation works with a combination of decreasing the size of the stomach and more importantly changes in your gut hormones. Gut hormones are chemicals that the made by the stomach and bowel in response to food or hunger and speak to the brain. Following these operations, the hunger hormones are suppressed and satiety ('I dont need to eat') hormones are increased.
Types of Surgeries
A gastric sleeve surgery is a restrictive procedure where the size of your stomach is reduced therefore limiting the amount of food you can eat which will help towards weight loss.
A gastric band involves dividing your stomach into two by placing a silicone band around the stomach therefore creating a small pouch at the top of your stomach (roughly the size of a golf ball).
In the UK, the most common gastric bypass surgery is a combination of restrictive and malabsorptive procedure procedures called Roux-en-Y (RYGB) which creates a two-way weight reducing effect.