Gastric bypass surgery

What is gastric bypass surgery?
Gastric bypass surgery (most commonly the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass) is a procedure which aims to reduce the amount of calories absorbed from your food whilst helping you to feel full after eating smaller meals.

This weight loss procedure works in two ways:

  • By restricting the capacity of your stomach, and by
  • Bypassing part of your digestive system

Weight Loss Gastric Bypass surgery from Spire Healthcare

Why do people choose to have gastric bypass surgery?
Gastric bypass surgery can help people with obesity lose a substantial amount of weight, after other methods like diet and exercise have failed. Obesity is associated with multitude of health problems and losing weight can also help to reduce them.

Gastric bypass surgery may be appropriate for you if:

  • You are morbidly obese (have a BMI of over 40)
  • You have a BMI of over 35 and suffer from a condition that poses a serious health risk (e.g. diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure)
  • all appropriate non-surgical measures have been tried but have failed to achieve or maintain adequate, clinically beneficial weight loss
  • You are generally fit for anaesthesia and surgery and commit to the need for long-term follow-up.

Benefits of gastric bypass
The main benefit of gastric bypass surgery is its ability to help patients lose a significant amount of weight. Each patient is unique; however there are a number of positive effects of losing weight which are commonly experienced:

  • Reduction in the health risks associated with obesity
  • Improved health and mobility
  • Improved mental wellbeing
  • Boost to self esteem and self confidence

What happens during gastric bypass surgery?
Firstly, a small compartment is created at the top of your stomach using staples. A piece of your intestine is then joined to this compartment, which bypasses the rest of your stomach and the upper part of the intestine, where most nutrients and calories are usually absorbed.

The small top part of your stomach fills up quickly with food, giving you a sensation of fullness, and then passes directly to the middle part of your small intestine and through the rest of your digestive system. As the digestive system has effectively been made shorter you should absorb fewer calories.

Is gastric bypass surgery available on the NHS?
NHS funding for this procedure is limited and varies by area. For this reason, many people find that getting a private gastric bypass operation is the best option.

Gastric bypass surgery aftercare
You will normally need to stay in hospital for about three days after the procedure so we can look after you and make sure we are happy with everything before you go home. Our team of dieticians and specialist nurses will look after you throughout your stay and provide support and advice after surgery.

Gastric bypass surgery from Spire Healthcare
With Spire Healthcare you will be treated by an experience bariatric (obesity) surgeon at a time that suits you. You will be treated in a premium private hospital, not a clinic, and you can be assured of our commitment to healthcare standards and infection control excellence. What’s more, you’ll be able to recuperate in your own private room with friends and family able to visit when you wish.

To find out more about this procedure and to book a consultation, please contact your nearest Spire Hospital offering weight loss surgery.

The following Spire Healthcare hospitals offer weight loss surgery

Blackpool - Spire Fylde Coast Hospital 01253 308 031
Brentwood - Spire Hartswood Hospital 01277 266 761
Brighton - The Montefiore Hospital 01273 828 120
Bristol - Spire Bristol Hospital 0117 980 4080
Buckinghamshire - Spire Thames Valley Hospital 01753 662 241
Bushey - Spire Bushey Hospital 0208 901 5505
Cambridge Lea - Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital 01223 266 929
Cardiff - Spire Cardiff Hospital 029 2054 2509
Cheam - Spire St Anthony's Hospital 020 8337 6691
Cheshire - Spire Cheshire Hospital 01925 215 029
Edinburgh - Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Edinburgh 0131 316 2507
Elland - Spire Elland Hospital 01422 324065
Farnham - Spire Clare Park Hospital 01252 895490
Gatwick - Spire Gatwick Park Hospital 01293 778 906
Harpenden - Spire Harpenden Hospital 01582 714420
Hull - Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital 01482 672412
Hythe - Spire St Saviour's Hospital 01303 265581
Leeds - Spire Leeds Hospital 0113 218 5977
Leicester - Spire Leicester Hospital 0116 265 3021
Little Aston - Spire Little Aston Hospital 0121 580 7119
Macclesfield - Spire Regency Hospital 01625 501 150
Manchester - Spire Manchester Hospital 0161 232 2303
Norwich - Spire Norwich Hospital 01603 255 614
Portsmouth - Spire Portsmouth Hospital 023 9245 6172
Reading - Spire Dunedin Hospital 0118 955 3563
Redbridge - Spire Roding Hospital 020 8709 7817
Solihull - Spire Parkway Hospital 0121 704 5530
Southampton - Spire Southampton Hospital 023 8091 4471
Southend-on-Sea - Spire Wellesley Hospital 01702 447 926
Tunbridge Wells - Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital 01892 741 150
Washington - Spire Washington Hospital 0191 418 8687
Wirral - Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Wirral 0151 929 5408
Worcester - Spire South Bank Hospital 01905 362 252
Wrexham - Spire Yale Hospital 01978 262 462

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