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Bariatric Surgery/ Weight Loss Surgery
What is Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatrics covers a field of medicine in relation to people who are overweight and obese. Health experts examine the causes of obesity, how they can prevent it and then intervene because of the medical conditions that inevitably arise. Within this field, there are a variety of procedures that enable those suffering with obesity to achieve weight loss. Bariatric Surgery consists of different procedures that include surgical and non-surgical “scar free” operations. Often times, when a patient is undergoing Bariatric Surgery, they will be evaluated by professionals such as nutritionists, fitness trainers, physiotherapists, psychologists, and weight-loss surgeons. This will accompany being educated in good nutrition and regular exercise to maintain weight-loss after surgery as well as an emotionally, physically healthy and quality life.
Who Are The Best Candidates?
Conventional treatment for weight-loss doesn’t work for everybody as some people have a harder time losing weight than others. Those that are overweight and obese tend to need to seek outside help to achieve weight-loss and to keep it off long-term. Candidates for Bariatric Surgery often need to make a commitment to a life-style change, have been obese for a long period of time and have tried conventional weight-loss treatments but have failed. There are guidelines that medical experts follow to decide whether or not Bariatric Surgery is appropriate for them. These guidelines are taken by the Body Mass Index (BMI). Someone that is considering the Gastric Balloon needs a minimum BMI of 28. For the Gastric Banding, the BMI needs to be above 35. This can be adjusted to cater for those falling in the 30 to 35 area if there is a serious medical condition to consider. Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and Heart Disease would qualify. For Gastric Bypass, a BMI above 40 is preferred, but patients with the previous mentioned health risks would be accepted with a BMI between 35 and 40.
What Type of Bariatric Surgery Are Available?
Because Bariatric Surgery is a major procedure, it is custom tailored to the individual. Every person is different and because no two circumstances are alike, their weight-loss plan will be unique to them. There are different procedures that are under the wing span of Bariatrics.
Surgical procedures include:
The Gastric Band/Lap Band which is reversible, has few side-effects/complications and is the least invasive of the weight-loss surgery procedures.
The Gastric Bypass consists of three main procedures: Proximal Gastric Bypass, Distal Gastric Bypass and the Mini-Gastric Bypass. These non-reversible surgeries are complex but extremely effective. After the procedure and changing eating habits, the body can shed up to 80% of the excess fat it was holding onto. This surgery is a fast, effective and beneficial procedure for those struggling with obesity.
The Gastric Sleeve is another surgical procedure where the stomach is reduced to keep only 25% of its original size. When this procedure is used for weight-loss purposes, it’s usually incorporated with the Gastric Bypass surgery.
The non surgical or “scar free” procedures include:
The Gastric Balloon/BIB is appropriate for overweight people with a BMI between 28 and 30. This balloon sits inside the stomach and involves no scarring.
The Adjustable Gastric Balloon/ SPATZ is an option for patients with a minimum BMI of 28. This particular gastric balloon stays in the stomach for a longer period of time, 12 months and is adjustable throughout the 1 year weight loss support. Like the gastric balloon/BIB it involves no scarring.
The Endobarrier is suitable for people who have become obese from Type 2 Diabetes. The silicone sleeve is inserted in the small intestine where it’s secured by a metal anchor. This will prevent absorption of the foods ingested and regulate blood sugar levels.
How to Choose the Right One to Maximise Weight Loss?
Choosing the right procedure for you will depend on your unique needs, if there are any serious medical conditions to consider and whether or not you prefer a permanent or reversible option. The Gastric Bypass has been a popular option since it’s non-reversible and the possibility of losing 80% of fat is extremely likely, thus resulting in maximising weight loss.
Is Bariatric Surgery Safe?
Bariatric Surgery is considered a safe option to achieve weight-loss with intervention. Every surgery, despite whether it’s weight-loss related or not, carries its own unique sets of risks. Each patient is evaluated and thoroughly screened to minimize these risks. This ensures optimal results and the least side effects possible as well as choosing a skilled and experienced surgeon to deliver the best possible surgical outcome.
Is bariatric surgery a Quick Fix to Lose Weight?
Although rapid weight loss is a benefit from undergoing Bariatric Surgery, these procedures are primarily used for the purpose of long-term weight-loss maintenance and the improvement of medical conditions induced by obesity. Successful pateints who are seeking Bariatric Surgery as an option for achieving weight-loss are committed to changing their life-style to incorporate good nutrition and regular exercise on a regular basis.
How Does Life Change After Bariatric Surgery?
Life after a Bariatric Surgery is going to be completely different from how life was lived prior to the procedure. While the body, eating habits and physical activity are all under continued improvement, mental health will be no exception. After surgery, professional psychologists can help the patient to acknowledge and change emotions that played a role in causing obesity. A new, better quality life is within reach while the patient learns to eat again with a new diet.
For example, with the gastric band/lapband there are four stages in the new diet, beginning with a liquid diet. Pureed foods are introduced about one to two weeks post surgery. A couple weeks later, soft and solid foods are brought in. Finally, solid foods are introduced about five to six weeks after surgery. While healthily eating small amounts is essential, drinking plenty of fluids has and always will be vital. Daily exercise and support from life coaches can make this weight-loss journey a life no longer anticipated, but enjoyed.
At Harley Street Bariatrics, we believe weight loss is not a goal but a journey.
Why choose Harley Street Bariatrics?
- We offer surgeon/consultant led care, meaning you have unlimited access to your surgeon either it be face to face, via email and/or mobile. Our caring weight loss surgeons aim to not only offer their expertise in surgery but also a supporting environment for each patients to reach their potential. They believe weight loss surgery is only a tool and that weight loss is a journey that requires constant support.
- We perform all of our weight loss treatments, both surgical and non surgical, in specialized private hospitals in London, UK. Meaning, the hospitals and staff are experienced in supporting our weight loss surgeons by offering local and easily accessible medical care.
- We have hand-picked experienced bariatric surgeons. Performing both NHS and private operations, our weight loss surgeons have extensive experience and expertise in performing all types of bariatric treatments, including the gastric bypass and the gastric sleeve weight loss surgeries. Their passion in bariatrics is demonstrated through their yearly research, development, peer reviewed publications and attendance of prestigious national and international conferences.
- We use the highest quality medical products, meaning all of our bariatric surgeons use Allergan®, the world’s leading supplier for the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System and the BioEnterics® Intragastric Balloon also known as the BIB®.
- We use the latest models of the SPATZ adjustable gastric balloon, SPATZ 3®.
- We provide post-operative care for overseas patients who had surgery elsewhere either is be gastric band infills or a gastric balloon removal. Our experienced surgeon aim to care for all patients with the same level of care and support to reach their weight loss.