Diane Ambrose - weight loss (bypass) surgery

Diane Ambrose, a chef at Spire Leeds Hospital had weight loss surgery at the same hospital in August 2011, under the care of Professor Peter Lodge.

I tried diets and lost weight but soon put it all back on
Diane Ambrose, Leeds

She shares her story with us:

"I was a size 12 when I got married but as the years progressed, the weight piled on. I developed bad eating habits - I enjoyed large portions, I ate at the wrong times and I snacked on my children’s food.

"Over time, I tried various diets and I lost weight – but I soon put it all back on.

"I never felt happy in myself when I was seriously overweight. In retrospect, I can see that life was much harder. Holidays, for example, were often an ordeal. I was always too embarrassed to ask for a seatbelt extension so I would struggle into the normal seatbelt and be uncomfortable for the whole journey. I also have a clear memory of a customs officer asking to check my stomach to ensure I wasn’t carrying anything onto the flight – I was mortified!

"Eventually, I got to the point where I didn’t want to be overweight anymore. I was concerned for my health – diabetes is in the family and I had already started to suffer from high blood pressure and skin psoriasis. As a mum of four, I also wanted to be able to take my children swimming and to other activities without feeling self-conscious.

"In June 2011, weighing 21 ½ stones, I had the laparoscopic gastric bypass under the care of Professor Peter Lodge. My target weight is 10 stone and I am not too far off now."

Diane Ambrose before weight loss surgery at Spire Leeds Hospital Diane Ambrose after weight loss surgery at Spire Leeds Hospital

My life has been completely transformed – I feel fabulous! My blood pressure has gone down, my skin has improved and I have so much more energy!

I can exercise now – I have an exercise bike at home and I go to a Zumba class twice a week. My whole perspective and relationship with food has changed – I don’t want to eat foods high in fat anymore. I am enjoying being the new me!

Professor Lodge is a lovely consultant – he is very easy to talk to and made me feel at ease throughout my whole weight loss ‘journey’. From the first appointment, I knew that if I had any questions or concerns, I could just give him a call.

Obesity Surgery – background information

The government says that obesity is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today. Their statistics state that almost one in four* adults in England are classified as obese (with a BMI of 30 or over), and that if we continue at this current rate by 2050 nine out of ten adults will be overweight or obese. The government estimates that obesity could cost the wider economy £50 billion per year by the middle of this century.

There are many schemes and programmes designed to aid weight loss. Surgery has become an increasingly popular option, and in recent years techniques have improved. Spire Leeds Hospital is one of the country’s largest centres for obesity surgery with specialist surgeons supported by experienced dietitians, specialist bariatric nurses, anaesthetists, and physiotherapists. The procedures available include gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric banding.

The Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is one of a number of weight-loss operations, which are offered by Spire Leeds Hospital.

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Professor Peter Lodge

Professor Peter Lodge, consultant general surgeon at Spire Leeds Hospital, Roundhay, West Yorkshire

Professor Peter Lodge treated Diane Ambrose

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