When Wendy Gorton, 45, reached almost 20 stone she felt her weight was getting out of hand and she was just getting bigger and bigger.

“I did all the diets but I’d get complacent and then all the weight would come back on. I was getting fed up as I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life yo-yo dieting. I think life’s too short for that.”

As a result Wendy looked into weight loss surgery as a more permanent tool to help her lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.

“I did a lot of research beforehand on weight loss surgery. I looked at a lot of different websites and hospitals, and I chose Spire Manchester because it was near to me and I knew the bariatric surgeon, Mr Ammori.”

It was a gastric band that Wendy wanted initially, but at her first appointment with Mr Ammori they discussed her eating habits and it was recommended that a gastric bypass would be more suitable.

After her first appointment with Mr Ammori, Wendy left the hospital feeling excited about her surgery and what the future could hold. She also met the weight loss nurse and dietitian and she started on a diet that would prepare her body for the operation.