Weight Loss Surgery Options

Together we can achieve life transforming results.

Weight loss surgery can help you achieve effective long term weight loss. Losing weight helps reduce health related problems:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hypertension
  • Coronary heart disease
  • High cholesterol

Remember:

Surgery by itself will not miraculously cure obesity. Best results are obtained when patients practice good dietary and exercise habits and participate in our all encompassing aftercare programme. Your co-operation is essential. The surgical procedure is only the physical vehicle you need to curb overeating.

Gastric bypass surgery

gastric bypass surgery

What is a gastric bypass?

A gastric bypass is a complex 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.

You will need to take a multi vitamin/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 surgery requires a high degree of skill on the part of the surgeon. It is usually performed laparoscopically (key hole) under a general anaesthetic and you can expect to stay in hospital for two days following surgery. The reduced calorie intake will result in a weight loss of 75%-80% in the first one to two years.

The aftercare plan, which includes dietary and lifestyle changes, needs to be followed in order to sustain this weight loss.

Sleeve Gastrectomy (also known as a 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 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.

Patients will not be able to tolerate foods high in fat, as it can be difficult to digest. Fat can also delay stomach emptying and can cause heartburn.

You will need to take a multi vitamin/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 surgery is usually performed laparoscopically (key hole) under a general anaesthetic and you can expect to stay in hospital for two days following surgery. The reduced calorie intake will result in a weight loss of 75%-80% in the first one to two years.

The aftercare plan, which includes dietary and lifestyle changes, needs to be followed in order to sustain this weight loss.

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 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 foods to 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.

We advise you to take a multi vitamin/mineral supplement.

Gastric band surgery is the safest weight loss surgery option. It is usually performed laparoscopically (key hole) under a general anaesthetic and you can expect to have an overnight stay in hospital. Gateway Health patients lose on average 74% of their excess weight in the first year.

The aftercare plan, which includes dietary and lifestyle and behavioural changes, needs to be followed in order to sustain this weight loss.

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”

Mr. Roger Ackroyd – UK Leading Consultant Bariatric Surgeon

There are many changes to be made after weight loss surgery. However, the behavioural and lifestyle changes are insignificant in comparison to the overwhelming satisfaction produced by increased self-esteem and the sense of accomplishment as your weight reduces.