About Weight Loss Surgery

The most commonly heard phrase in any weight loss surgery support group is ‘I wish I’d done it sooner’. In every patient testimonial, magazine interview and even in online weight loss forums the most over used phrase is ‘I wish I’d done it sooner’.

If you’ve tried every diet imaginable; if you’ve invented your own diets; if you snack between meals; if you eat meals which you know are too large; if you comfort eat; if you can lose weight with a diet but then put it back on; if you have joint pain because of your weight; if you have developed diabetes because of your weight; if you take medication or have an illness which makes you gain weight – if any of those things can describe a way (or ways) that obesity affects your life, then weight loss surgery could change your life.

Weight loss surgery is often described on TV or in magazines as a ‘drastic decision’ but then in the same sentence these TV shows and articles suggest that losing weight is as simple as ‘exercising more and eating less’. We won’t lie about the risks (which are far greater for a gastric bypass than for a gastric band, for example) but we’re not going to pretend that losing weight is that straight forward.

Obesity doesn’t happen overnight – it’s a complex combination of eating behaviours, emotional needs, environmental factors, physiology, and your individual psychology – all coming together over a long and sustained period of time to affect your weight and your health.

Weight loss surgeries are tools which can kick-start weight loss – motivating and supporting you in your fight with obesity. There is no ‘miracle cure’ for obesity but choosing weight loss surgery is a great first step towards it. Combining weight loss surgery with comprehensive aftercare is proven to help patients reduce their weight and improve their quality of life.

Losing weight isn’t about looking great, it’s about feeling great; read about the difference weight loss surgery with Gateway Health has made to so many people and you’ll soon begin to understand why so many of our patients tell us ‘I wish I’d done it sooner’.

Due to the nature and intensity of the Gateway Health aftercare programme 95% of our patients are self sufficient within 12 months. Quality really does matter. Patients feel secure with the knowledge that they can access the team at any point in the future for help and support. We offer urgent support and assistance every day of the year.

Gateway Health’s aftercare programme is clinically proven to produce market leading weight loss results. The all encompassing aftercare package is the “Gold Standard”.
Roger Ackroyd Bariatric Surgeon

We offer internationally proven medical and surgical weight loss treatments including gastric band surgery andgastric balloon non surgical treatment. To help you reduce and control your weight, our weight loss programme is designed to help you to maintain any weight loss you achieve through either the gastric balloon programmegastric band surgery, gastric bypass surgery procedures.

Gateway Health believe all patients should be treated with dignity and respect, our clinics provide a safe haven providing sensitive and compassionate care. Together we achieve life transforming results.

The difference is the Gateway Health Gastric Band and Gastric Balloon Weight Loss Surgery Aftercare Programme.

We offer internationally proven medical and surgical weight loss treatments including gastric band surgery and gastric balloon non surgical treatment. To help you reduce and control your weight, our weight loss programme is designed to help you to maintain any weight loss you achieve through either the gastric balloon programmegastric band surgerygastric bypass surgery procedures.

Gateway Health weight loss programme

Gateway Health Ltd have devised and now deliver the most successful weight loss programme that has ever been used in conjunction with both the Gastric balloon and Gastric band. The programme lasts for a minimum of 12 months and consists of both educational elements with lifestyle change adaptation.

The programmes although similar in nature are also specific to both procedures, with emphasis on giving the patient the knowledge and help they require to make long term changes to their lifestyle which lead to weight loss. Once a patient has reached their weight loss/ body shape goal then weight stabilisation is achieve through adaptation of principles learnt during the programme.

Both the Gastric band and the Gastric balloon should be seen as physical tools only, neither is the definitive answer to long term weight stability. Both the gastric band and the gastric balloon are very powerful tools that if used correctly can help patients to achieve their long term weight goals and assist them in ensuring a healthy weight profile in the future. The decision as to which procedure (gastric band or gastric balloon) is correct for an individual should be made by the individual, after consultation with a specialist who has the training and education to be able to help them make that choice. Gateway Health believe that the best people to do this assessment, are specially trained nurses. Nurses trained in all aspects of care of patients undergoing either gastric band or gastric balloon are able to assess the individuals suitability for either gastric banding or gastric balloon based on information given by the patient and an in depth interview which usually lasts approximately an hour.

After either gastric banding or gastric balloon, patients are looked after by their own specialist nurse who is able to help them through out the initial post procedure period and then on to the programme that is most suitable to them. Educational information on both the gastric band and gastric balloon is given before the procedure of choice and afterwards. It is delivered in easily understood language and in a format that allows patients to study it at their convenience. Behavioural, emotional and dietary input is essential to give the individual the knowledge they will need to take them forward successfully.