Spire Southampton Hospital, Hampshire, now offers an incisionless weight loss procedure called Primary Obesity Surgery Endolumenal (POSE). This surgery reduces the capacity of the stomach, meaning you will feel fuller more quickly, be able to eat less and therefore lose weight.
What is POSE?
POSE is a new form of weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) which is performed through the mouth to the stomach, not through cuts in to the abdomen. This procedure has been successfully performed in a small number of pioneering centres around the world, mainly in the United States.
About the POSE procedure
Our experienced specialist weight loss surgeons, Mr Jim Byrne and Mr Jamie Kelly perform the procedure which takes around 60 to 90 minutes under general anaesthetic. Special tools are used to create folds in your stomach to reduce the volume and the amount of food it can hold, meaning you will feel fuller sooner.
The length of your stay at Spire Southampton Hospital will be determined by your consultant surgeon – usually this type of procedure requires an overnight stay.
It is important that you are committed to following the diet and exercise programmes provided by the weight loss team to help achieve the full benefits of the procedure. The success of the procedure also relies on individuals being able to stop eating once they feel full, this will be a factor in considering whether POSE is a suitable option for you.
One of the benefits of POSE over other weight loss procedures is that there is no external scarring because the entire surgery is conducted via the mouth (endoscopically). The procedure is also reversible, should you experience any problems.
What is recovery like after the POSE procedure?
Most patients should be able to return to work within a few days to a week, depending on the nature of their work. At first you may experience a sore throat, bloating and some nausea, this however should settle quickly.
Following the procedure you will be restricted to a liquid only diet for the first two days i.e. water, juice, milk, thin soup etc, gradually returning to a normal diet over a short period of time. Your ability to tolerate most types of food should slowly improve, although the volume of food you are able to consume should be considerably reduced. Your consultant and his team, which includes specialist weight loss nurses and our dietitian will support you through this process, your treatment also includes six to eight follow up appointments.
What are the associated risks with POSE?
You should be aware that the procedure can cause temporary sore throat and nausea. All surgical procedures, no matter how carefully they are performed, carry risks. It is very important to have a full evaluation and discussion with your consultant about your understanding and expectations in relation to these risks. Your consultant surgeon will spend plenty of time with you discussing these aspects of your treatment with you and answer any questions you may have.
How do I find out if I am a suitable candidate for POSE?
Spire Southampton Hospital's specialist weight loss team will carry out a full evaluation of your individual needs and circumstances and provide you with a comprehensive verbal and written explanation of any recommended treatment. This procedure is generally offered to patients seeking weight loss surgery who have a BMI between 30 and 40. Patients are assessed on an individual basis but this procedure may not be suitable for people that have already had complicated upper abdominal surgery.
How do I find out more?
The consultant bariatric surgeons that currently offer this procedure at Spire Southampton Hospital are displayed on the top right of this page. To organise a consultation please contact us on 023 8091 4475 or email email@example.com.