If you are very overweight, losing weight can change your life. Weight loss surgery (also known as obesity surgery or bariatric surgery) in the form of a gastric bypass or gastric banding may be the solution for you.
Our dedicated weight loss team provide ongoing advice and support throughout your journey
Our patients tell us that weight loss surgery gives them the chance to do things they never thought they could – play with their kids, take part in sports or go abroad on holiday.
Surgical treatment options
Gastric banding involves an inflatable band being fitted, usually laparoscopically (key hole), around the upper portion of the stomach. The band restricts the amount of food you can consume at any one time, giving the feeling of being full quicker. While this procedure can be carried out as a day-case, it tends to require a one-night stay in hospital.
With a gastric band, weight-loss is achieved through supportive alterations to diet and lifestyle. While it is a reversible procedure, it is typically a life-long commitment to your personal weight-loss. As such, you will be seen six months after surgery by our specialist team to provide ongoing dietary advice and support. A post surgery follow-up at one year is included in the initial cost of this procedure. After your one-year follow-up subsequent visits to meet the team for consultation, check-up and blood tests are charged on a case by case basis.
Gastric bypass is a procedure whereby the stomach is intersected to form a greatly reduced stomach pouch. This restricts the amount of food you’re able to consume. A bypass is formed from the pouch direct to the small intestine. Food, therefore, avoids the main part of the stomach and parts of the small intestine.
This procedure requires a longer stay in hospital so that we can monitor your recovery and provide appropriate after-care. You will then receive a check-up one year after surgery, which will involve blood tests to monitor your nutrition levels. Because gastric bypass encourages malabsorption, your body may not receive requisite nutritional levels so we can recommend ways you can avoid this through both diet and multivitamin intake.
The gastric sleeve procedure involves reducing the size of your stomach. During the operation up to ¾ of the stomach is removed by dividing it, with the new stomach taking the shape of a narrow tube or sleeve. This effectively restricts the stomach capacity without affecting its function, so that the amount of food that can be eaten at one time is restricted.
Gastric sleeve surgery can be performed either as 'keyhole' surgery or through an incision in your abdomen during an open operation, and usually takes one to two hours. It is performed under general anaesthetic, which means you will be asleep during the procedure. You will normally need to stay in hospital for one to three days so we can look after you and make sure we are happy with everything before you go home.
Ongoing advice and support
Surgery is only part of the solution. We also have a dedicated weight loss surgery team which includes our consultant bariatric surgeon Mr Amir Khan, our consultant aneasthetist Dr Mamdouh Youssef, our physician Dr Andrew Hartland and our dietitian Georgia Windrass.
The team are here to provide ongoing advice and support throughout your weight loss journey - from your first appointment until long after surgery. We can also arrange access to local weight loss surgery patient support groups.
Research has shown that weight loss surgery can give better results than weight loss drugs or diets, but it is only appropriate for some patients. Our weight loss team is here to help you make the decision that’s right for you.
For more information on weight loss surgery at Spire Little Aston Hospital, or to book an appointment call 0121 580 7119 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.