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FAQ Questions

  1. Are You Obese
  2. What is Obesity Surgery?
  3. The History of obesity surgery?
  4. How do I lose weight safely?
  5. How is obesity surgery performed at our Hospitals?
  6. How do I know if I am eligible for obesity surgery?
  7. How does Obesity surgery work?
  8. In brief, what's involved with obesity surgery?
  9. Does obesity surgery really work?
  10. What are the main benefits of obesity surgery?
  11. Is obesity surgery right for everyone?
  12. What are the risks of obesity surgery?
  13. What are the comparative risks of surgery against the risks of obesity?
  14. How much weight will I lose? And Will the weight loss be quick?
  15. How long will I have to stay in the hospital after surgery?
  16. What if I have excess skin?
  17. How long will I be off work after obesity surgery
  18. Can I become pregnant after obesity surgery?
  19. Will I have to take vitamins?
  20. Should I exercise after obesity surgery?
  21. What about dietary changes after obesity surgery?
  22. What happens if I don't follow the diet?
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Are you Obese?

You are classed as morbidly obese if your body mass index (BMI) between is a BMI of 35 and 40 and if you have a risk factor for an obesity-related disease, you may also be considered for obesity surgery.

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What is obesity surgery?

Obesity surgery is a surgical procedure for people who have tried everything to lose weight but have not been able to do so by normal means such as diet and managed weight loss programs or fitness training

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The History of obesity surgery?

In recent years, obesity surgery has gained ever increasing popularity as an alternative to weight loss diets. More and more people are turning towards this procedure to decrease their excess weight.

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How do I lose weight safely?

Many people feel that weight loss surgery is too drastic a measure and the risks associated with surgical procedures are too great. By choosing a Hospital or Clinic which has the benefit of Highly Qualified Surgeons and Consultants you can minimize the Risks involved. All of the surgeons at our registered Clinics and Hospitals are Registered with the British Medical Council and are highly experienced in the this specialist area of gastric band, gastric sleeves, gastric balloons, and gastric bypass surgery.

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How is obesity surgery performed at our Hospitals?

Obesity surgery is not designed as a quick solution and requires a comprehensive program which includes the support and services of other healthcare professionals such as dieticians to recommend the long-term diet plans and fitness programs which are the most suitable for you. Gastric band surgery involves placing an adjustable gastric band (sometimes called a lap band) round the upper part of the stomach, which restricts how much food the patient can eat before feeling full.

  • The gastric band is usually inserted using laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. It can then be adjusted to suit the patient's weight loss or removed altogether if needed.
  • Gastric Sleeve surgery is similar to the gastric band surgery but is not as easily reversible as gastric banding.
  • Gastric Bypass surgery is a major operation for extremely obese patients with a long history of weight problems whereby the Stomach is bypassed completely.

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How do I know if I am eligible for obesity surgery?

You may be a candidate for gastric band surgery if :-

  • You are 18 years of age or over
  • Previously attempted weight loss in a medically supervised program which has subsequently failed
  • Your BMI is greater than 40 or between 35 and 40 with major obesity-related medical problems.

Where can if check my BMI

You can check you BMI on our main website by Clicking Here

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How does obesity surgery work?

In simple terms, the gastric band surgery lap band restrict the amount of food and drink a patient can eat or drink. It also creates the feeling of being full faster thereby reducing the volume of food which the person will eat and far less calories. Because the band is adjustable the feeling of fullness can be controlled over time which gives the patient and the Consultant the ability to decide on an ideal outcome for that particular Patient

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In brief, what's involved with obesity surgery?

You will usually stay in hospital for one or sometimes 2 nights following the operation. You will thereafter be required to attend a number of post-operative consultations which include further counseling to ensure the recommended diet and weight control regime is being followed. Any adjustments required are then agreed upon and discussed at the next consultation. This ensures that the outcome is satisfactory that the overall plan can be adjusted as time goes on.

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Does obesity surgery really work?

Obesity surgery offers the chance for improvement in health and well-being when it is also accompanied by a change in eating, physical activity, and lifestyle patterns.

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What are the main benefits of obesity surgery?

The main benefits of losing weight after obesity surgery include:

  • Type 2 diabetes may be cured (successful in 80% of the cases)
  • The condition hyper glycaemia, hyper insulimia and insulin resistance may be improved after performing gastric bypass
  • High blood pressure is generally cured in over 50% of patients
  • Levels of cholesterol are generally reduced or the occurrence of further increases reduced
  • Sleep apnea may be cured in up to 75% of the cases
  • Shortness of breath can be improved after gastric surgery due to the loss of weight and the generally improved health of the patient
  • Asthma sufferers generally report a reduction of attacks and in many cases this can be completely eliminated. Other health benefits may also include the relief of lower back pain, arthritis, heartburn, urinary incontinence, etc.

There are of course many other benefits, some of which are psychological. By reducing their weight many people feel much better about their appearance. In addition they will be more able to gain access to various activities they could not participate in previously, like swimming or going to the gym.

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Is obesity surgery right for everyone?

Not everyone is suitable for gastric band surgery. This can only be determined after a complete evaluation and consultation between the specialist and patient. Obesity surgery is a life-changing procedure. It is therefore imperative that patients are committed to making the changes needed for a successful outcome. A final consultation should always occur between you and your surgeon before the day of surgery.

At this time you should be prepared to ask your doctor to provide you with full information related to the benefits, the risks, alternative surgical techniques, and any other question you yourself are not sure about. It is recommended that you ask your consultant if it is possible for you to talk to other patients who have had gastric band surgery with your surgeon in the past. This ensures that you have the opportunity to decide if this is the right Hospital or Surgeon for you. These previous patients will generally give you their own unbiased opinion of the Surgeon, Hospital and aftercare.

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What are the risks of obesity surgery?

As with all surgical procedures they do come with the possibility of complications, fortunately the incidence of complications with gastric band surgery is quite small. One must bear in mind however that there is always a slight risk of death from complications during surgery but this is extremely rare.

The post-operative health risks of restrictive gastric band surgery include:

  • Slippage of the band -This and other minor problems can be corrected quite easily if an early diagnosis is made.
  • Food intolerances - In a few cases, food intolerances or in extremely rare cases, perforation of the stomach, may lead to the need for the band to be removed.
  • Internal bleeding and blood clots –This risk is generally accepted as being less than 1%. The most common occurrence being in the legs following surgery, however as this is a known risk all surgeons will give you advice prior to leaving the hospital of what to watch for.
  • Infections -There is a small risk of infection in the incision area if the procedure is done by open surgery where the laparoscope is not used.
  • Pulmonary problems
  • Heart attack
  • Vomiting -The vomiting may develop when the small stomach pouch is stretched by food particles that have not been chewed well.
  • Hernia - abdominal hernia may occur. This can be caused by vomiting or straining following surgery and before the incision heal where open surgery has been performed. Laparoscopy-assisted surgery greatly reduces hernia risk.

What are the comparative risks of surgery against the risks of obesity?

Most patients suffering from morbid obesity must ask themselves and their surgeon this question. Do the benefits of obesity surgery outweigh the risks? Severe obesity is a generally accepted as being a progressive, chronic, life threatening disease. There is therefore no doubt that the known health risks associated with morbid obesity far outweigh the risks associated with surgery.

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How much weight will I lose? And Will the weight loss be quick?

The answer this question can depend on which type of obesity surgery you have. Patients who have adjustable gastric banding procedures usually lose weight more slowly the first year than those who have a gastric bypass, but total weight loss is comparable with both procedures in the long term

You will lose excess weight during the first year after your operation. But it will most certainly require you to change your eating and exercise patterns to ensure that the weight stays off. Gastric band surgery in itself is a major lifestyle change. This therefore requires that you follow the recommendations given to you following the surgery. If for any reason you do not follow these recommendations then you may start to regain weight again and any benefits gained will be lost over time.

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How long will I have to stay in the hospital after surgery?

This will depend on the type of obesity surgery you have. Generally, hospital stays are between one and three days.

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What if I have excess skin?

As you start losing weight, you may notice excess skin. The amount of excess skin you have depend upon your weight loss, your age and smoking habits. However, our hospitals are able to offer a complete range of body contouring and cosmetic surgery procedures to help correct the problems associated with dramatic weight loss.

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How long will I be off work after obesity surgery?

This depends on the type of weight loss surgery you have. Following gastric banding surgery, you can return to work in about one week. On average, the gastric bypass procedure requires two to four week recuperation after the surgery.

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Can I become pregnant after obesity surgery?

Women should where possible avoid pregnancy for at least 18 months following any gastric surgery. This should be one of the questions you discuss with your surgeon if you have any pregnancy plans However once this period is over many find that where there have been previous terminations or difficulties in becoming pregnant that the weight loss they achieve makes it more likely for them to achieve as success in the future..

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Will I have to take vitamins?

Yes, in most cases. Where required these will be recommended by your surgeon or consultant. The number depends on your weight loss procedure. The gastric bypass procedure requires a lifetime of vitamin supplementation - usually three supplements daily. A gastric band requires a multivitamin every day.

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Should I exercise after obesity surgery?

For maintaining your weight loss, regular exercise is extremely important. Your Surgeon or Consultant will be able to offer advice as a part of your personal recommendations for future weight loss management

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What about dietary changes after obesity surgery?

Set aside three meals a day when you only eat solid foods. This will help you eat nutritious meals rather than endless snacking. Endless snaking is in many cases the problem that brought you here in the first place so be aware that a regular meal pattern is far better for you.

  • Eat slowly and chew foods until they are mushy. Also:
  • Allow 30 - 60 minutes for each meal
  • Aim for 30 chews for each bite. • Explain to people why you must eat slowly
  • Take small bites. To make it easier to chew, cut food into small sizes of as small as a bean, this aids the digestive system to work more efficiently
  • Sit down at a table where and avoid crouching over your food as is common when sitting in a lounge or quite often during “TV Meal”.

Stop eating as soon as you feel full. If you eat too much you will start to feel sick. Because the amount of space in your stomach is reduced, do not eat and drink at the same time. When you get the feeling of fullness, stop eating, even if you have not finished your meal. Over eating is one of the things that caused the problem in the first place.

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What happens if I don't follow the diet?

Obesity surgery is successful in over 80% of cases. The main reason it fails the other 20% is because patients do not follow the post-surgery diet and exercise recommendations given to them following surgery.

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