Weight Loss Surgery Options

Losing weight will reduce or eliminate health related risks/problems:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Infertility
  • Back pain
  • Joint problems
  • Some Cancers ( endometrial, breast and colon)
  • Low self esteem.. depression, anxiety, poor body image

Remember:

Surgery by itself will not miraculously cure obesity.

Best results are obtained when patients practice good dietary and exercise habits and address emotional needs. Studies show that if these long term changes are not made, weight will be regained.

The Gateway Health Aftercare Programme addresses all of your individual needs .

 

Gastric bypass surgery

gastric bypass surgery

What is a Gastric Bypass (Roux-en-Y)?

A gastric bypass is a procedure which involves dividing the stomach and small intestine. It falls into the restrictive/malabsorptive category of obesity surgery.

It involves two stages:

  • Reducing the size of the stomach by placing staples across the upper stomach to form an egg cup sized pouch.
  • Using a loop of bowel to make a new stomach exit by bringing it up to the new pouch.

With a gastric bypass you will only be able to eat a small amount of food and you will feel full more quickly. Also, as the length of the small bowel that the food is passing through is reduced, fewer calories are absorbed.

These changes may result in ‘Dumping Syndrome’ which is a result of eating sweet foods. Dumping Syndrome may cause dizziness, nausea, sweating and diarrhoea. Some patients also experience intolerance to fats which can cause diarrhoea.

The surgery requires a high degree of skill on the part of the surgeon. It is important to check the experience and skill of your surgeon. We recommend looking at The National Bariatric Register (NBSR).

It is usually performed laparoscopically (key hole) under a general anaesthetic and you can expect to stay in hospital for 2-3 days following surgery.

You will need to take a multivitamin and mineral supplement for the rest of your life. You will also need to have a vitamin B12 injection every 3 months for the rest of your life.

The reduced calorie intake should result in a weight loss of 75%-80% in the first one to two years.

The aftercare plan includes dietary, lifestyle and psychological change interventions and needs to be followed in order to sustain this weight loss, otherwise weight regain can and does happen in many cases.

 

Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)

gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy)

What is a Sleeve Gastrectomy?

The gastric sleeve is surgery that reduces the stomach by approximately 75%.

It falls into the restrictive category of obesity surgery.

The reduced stomach is created by stapling the selected portion and removing the remainder.

With a gastric sleeve you will only be able to eat a small amount of food and will feel full quicker.

The new stomach will only hold approximately 200ml of fluid at any one time so you will not be able to take food and fluids together. You must not drink fluids for 30 minutes before eating a meal and then you need to wait 30 minutes after eating a meal to drink fluids again.

The surgery is usually performed laparoscopically (key hole) under a general anaesthetic and you can expect to stay in hospital for 2-3 days following surgery.

You will need to take a multivitamin and mineral supplement for the rest of your life. You will also need to have a vitamin B12 injection every 3 months for the rest of your life.

The reduced calorie intake will result in a weight loss of 75%-80% in the first one to two years.

The aftercare plan includes dietary, lifestyle and psychological change interventions and needs to be followed in order to sustain this weight loss, otherwise weight regain can and does happen in many cases.

Gastric Band

weightloss surgery gastrtic band

What is a Gastric Band?

The gastric band is an adjustable, silicone device that is placed around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch.

It falls into the restrictive category of obesity surgery.

Once the band has been fitted it can be adjusted without further surgery to alter the size of the pouch and control food portion sizes. Band adjustments (or fills) are done by putting a fine Huber needle through the skin and into the port.

With the gastric band you will not be able to take fluid and food together. You must not drink fluids for 30 minutes before eating a meal and then you need to wait 30 minutes after eating a meal to drink fluids again.

The band only works with solid foods; it will allow high calorie liquids and sloppy/wet foods to easily pass through, which can affect your weight loss. Intensive and expert aftercare is vital to achieve the best possible weight loss result from your gastric band.

Gastric band surgery is the safest weight loss surgery option at point of surgery, however it does have some possible long term risks that other Bariatric weight loss surgeries do not have. These being: slippage, erosion, tubing, port problems, pouch enlargement,oesophageal  dilatation.

We advise you to take a multivitamin and mineral supplement daily for life.

It is usually performed laparoscopically (key hole) under a general anaesthetic and you can expect to have an overnight stay in hospital.

The aftercare plan includes dietary, lifestyle and psychological change interventions and needs to be followed in order to sustain this weight loss, otherwise weight regain can and does happen in many cases.

 

“Gateway Health’s  all encompassing After Care programme is the Gold Standard”

Mr. Roger Ackroyd – UK Leading Consultant Bariatric Surgeon

 

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