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Weight loss surgery can help you achieve a healthier weight and improve your self-confidence.
While this kind of short-term weight gain is not often a cause of concern, if you carry excess weight for a longer period of time, it can have a significant effect on your health, vitality and quality of life.
Weight loss surgery (also known as bariatric surgery) can lead to significant weight loss and improve many health conditions. A doctor who specialises in this field is known as a Consultant Bariatric Surgeon.
At The Alexandra Hospital in Manchester, leading weight loss surgeons provide a range of surgical options to help people lose weight safely and return to a healthier weight and lifestyle. They would be delighted to help you too.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a well-known way of using your height and weight to calculate if you are carrying excess weight. While it can be a helpful tool, it is an imperfect one as it doesn’t account for your age, gender, or the amount of muscle you have.
Generally, a healthy BMI is said to be between 20-25. A BMI of 30+ qualifies as clinically obese, while a BMI or more than 40 is classed as morbidly obese.
There are certain things that can lead to obesity, including:
If you have a family history of obesity, you are more at risk of being obese yourself.
Effective and successful obesity treatment is a combination of:
There are three main types of surgery that can help.
In gastric bypass surgery, a small pouch is created at the top of your stomach. This pouch is then connected to your small intestine, so that food is moves directly into it. This means that you will feel full with less food and that you will absorb less food as a result.
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) uses an adjustable band to separate your stomach into a smaller upper pouch and a larger lower pouch. By adjusting the band, food intake is restricted, leading to steady loss of weight. This procedure is done laparoscopically (keyhole surgery).
Sleeve gastrectomy reduces the size of the stomach by stapling or by actually removing part of it. With a smaller stomach, less food is absorbed.
In addition, at The Alexandra we can offer treatment known as an intragastric balloon. As the name suggests, a special balloon is inserted into the stomach and filled with sterile saline. When filled, the balloon is too large to pass into the bowel, so it remains in the stomach, where it reduces the space available to store food. This balloon can be left in place for six – 12 months.
They will carry out a physical examination, which will include:
By using your weight and height, they will be able to calculate your BMI.
They will usually take a blood test as well.
Once your BMI has been calculated and your Consultant has talked with you in detail, they will be able to explore possible surgical options with you.
For some people, weight loss surgery will not be the right answer, whereas for others it will be exactly the right thing.
Effective weight loss treatment is always a collaboration between you and your Consultant, ensuring you always receive the best treatment for you.
Many people are referred to us by their GP, a Consultant in another speciality, or their private medical insurance provider.
We treat private medical insurance and self-pay patients.
When you visit Alexandra Hospital for your weight loss surgery, you will benefit from:
Call us on +44 1413 005 009 or book an appointment with a Consultant online today.