Spire Gatwick Park Hospital has just launched a new range of comprehensive weight management programmes that offer a solution for anyone who wants to lose weight. The programmes, which include both surgical and non-surgical treatments, are based on the latest medical evidence in this area, and are available for a wide spectrum of patients.
According to recent statistics, 23 percent of the UK population is now clinically obese (with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30), and by 2050 as much as 50 percent of the UK population is expected to fall into this same category. To make matters worse, research has proven that women have a 12.7 times increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes if they are obese.
The good news, however, is that by losing just 10% of their excess weight (the extra weight that is carried on top of an individual's ‘ideal weight’), that risk of diabetes can be reduced by 50 percent. Plus, in addition to obvious benefits such as a healthier appearance and increased confidence, sustainable and well-managed weight loss will also deliver important long-term health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart attacks, hypertension and colon cancer.
"At Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, we understand that obesity is a complex condition that represents a varied combination of genetic, environmental, psychological and social factors,” says Chris Pring, Consultant General Surgeon at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital. “Obesity will also affect different bodies in different ways, which is why we offer a comprehensive range of weight loss programmes to fit a wide variety of needs. Whether you have a BMI of 28 and want to shed a few pounds, or have a BMI of 40 and have been unable to get weight loss surgery via the NHS, we have a solution that can help you.”
The Multidisciplinary Medical Weight Management programme available from Spire Gatwick Park Hospital is a tailor-made treatment programme that is carefully customised for each patient following an initial assessment by a Specialist Bariatric Nurse, Dietician, Psychologist and Exercise Physiologist. This multidisciplinary approach is best-suited to patients with a BMI of 27 and above, looking to lose approximately 10% of their excess weight.
For patients with a BMI of 28 and above, another option is the Intragastric Balloon, which is fitted in the stomach (in a non-surgical procedure) in order to create the sensation of being full. With this approach, which is backed by a six-month Specialist Multidisciplinary Medical Weight Management programme, patients can expect to lose approximately 30% of their excess weight.
For those with more substantial weight loss goals, Laparoscopic Surgery (typically associated with gastric bands, gastric bypass, and sleeve gastrectomy operations) is a highly effective weight loss option. This procedure is especially successful for patients with a BMI of 35 and above (and other conditions/disorders caused by or associated with their obesity) or with a BMI of 40 and above.
As with every operation, there are risks involved, but Spire Gatwick Park Hospital offers a highly trained and experienced surgical team that performs this type of operation on a regular basis. In addition, alongside any surgical treatment, patients are supported by a team of Multidisciplinary Medical Weight Management specialists, and can expect weight loss of up to 75% of their excess weight.
“Weight loss surgery is not an easy step to take, but for patients with a BMI over 35 , this type of surgery is often the best option,” says Chris Pring, Consultant General Surgeon. “We have had fantastic results in the past, and we can truly give our patients a new life: without any health problems caused by their obesity, and with a lot more confidence. Our patients are supported by a dedicated team of experts who can help them on a daily basis, both before and after the surgery, to adapt to their new life.”