Surgical Weight Loss Procedures

Surgery for weight loss is called bariatric surgery. During bariatric procedures changes are made to your digestive system to help you loose weight.If non-surgical treatments have not helped you to lose weight and keep it off, weight loss surgery can be a safe and effective solution. If you have a BMI over 30kg/m2 you may be eligible for one of the following procedures.


 Gastric Banding 

What is it? The safest of all surgical procedures with excellent weight loss results. A fully adjustable silicone ring is placed around the stomach to restrict the amount of food you can eat and create a feeling of fullness. Using the latest single incision technique, Healthier Weight patients can exclusively benefit from a ‘No Scar’ cosmetic result.







Gastric Bypass 

What is it? A more complex procedure than gastric banding which involves dividing both the stomach and the bowel. The smaller stomach pouch restricts the amount of food you can eat, making you feel full after a very small meal and a drop in appetite hormone levels reduces your appetite. A highly effective weight loss procedure with excellent long term results.

Who’s it for? You have a BMI of 40kg/m2 or over







Gastric Sleeve

What is it? The gastric sleeve procedure involves removing a portion of the stomach to leave a thin sleeve which restricts the amount you can eat. It is relatively new but offers a good alternative to other procedures as it requires no adjustments (unlike a band) and is not irreversible (unlike a bypass). As with the gastric bypass, reduced levels of the hormone ghrelin also help to reduce your appetite.

Who’s it for? You have a BMI of 35kg/m2 or over







Am I eligible for weight loss surgery ?

NICE set guidelines for weight loss surgery in the NHS. These are that you are eligible if:

1-You have a body mass index of 40 or higher, or 35 or higher in the presence of a significant weight related co-morbidity

2-You have completed a tier 3 weight management programme 

These criteria take account of the public cost of providing surgery and are therefore more restrictive than those that apply in private practice where the same financial limitations do not apply. In general you are eligible for weight loss surgery in the private sector if your BMI is 30 or higher.

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