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Welcome to the Band Butler Blog (‘Triple B’)

In this blog I’ll give you my steer on weight loss surgery and everything related to it. Like any good butler I’ll try and provide wise counsel alongside some snippets of information that may help keep you on the straight and narrow. Most readers will either have had a gastric band or will be considering having one. For good measure I’ll talk from time to time about other procedures too as well as diet and lifestyle considerations.

I hope you enjoy reading it.

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Martyn Berrett,
Managing Director and Your Band Butler

General weight loss news

  • The Dangers of Weight Loss Surgery AbroadMartyn Berrett I saw on the BBC today that another patient has died having travelled to Turkey for cosmetic surgery. 10 September 2018 2:01pm
  • Are you working with your band Vanessa?Martyn Berrett Vanessa Feltz graced our TV screens this week, appearing on This Morning to talk about the gastric band she had 8 years ago. During the interview she talked about her “gastric band nightmare”, a popular clickbait headline no doubt designed for... 05 October 2018 2:01pm
  • Mini Bypass Beats Sleeve for Quality of Life in New StudyMartyn Berrett In the same way, as we saw a surge in gastric sleeve procedures about 5 years ago the same thing could be about to happen with the mini gastric bypass (also called the 'loop' or 'single anastomosis' bypass). 10 September 2018 2:01pm
  • Don't forget the gastric band is the lowest risk procedure!Martyn Berrett I am always surprised that patients do not attach more weight to the safety of the gastric band when they are considering their surgery options. 28 August 2018 2:01pm
  • Should I join a gym now I'm having weight loss surgery?Andrew Jones I would never discourage any patient from joining a gym. Anything you can do to increase your calorie expenditure is a good thing. 26 July 2018 2:01pm
  • 'I don't have time to exercise!'Martyn Berrett If I had a pound for every time I've heard a patient say that they don't have time to exercise I wouldn't be a Band Butler! 22 July 2018 2:01pm
  • Pregnancy and weight loss surgeryMartyn Berrett Most of the patients we see in clinic are female, and one of the most common topics of conversation in appointments is about pregnancy. 17 July 2018 2:01pm
  • Sleep apnoea and weight loss surgeryMartyn Berrett I hear from a lot of obese patients who have trouble with their sleep and for many, this has become so serious that they have been diagnosed with sleep apnoea. 12 July 2018 2:01pm
  • Is there anybody there? It's World Cup Fever!Martyn Berrett The country is gripped by World Cup fever and for what seems the first time in living memory (some of us are old enough to remember the summer of 1976 though) we can make plans in the knowledge that the sun is going to shine – what a glorious summer... 11 July 2018 2:01pm
  • Implications of a Tight Band – Reflux SymptomsMartyn Berrett I hear from many patients that they are experiencing 'reflux' symptoms after gastric banding. The symptoms can be similar to those experienced by reflux patients but this rarely the case. 12 June 2018 12:00pm
  • How Genes Affect Weight LossMartyn Berrett I read a recent article in the Times about a new study into genes and how they might affect a person's weight. 07 June 2018 12:00pm
  • Weight Loss Injections!Martyn Berrett I read at the weekend about some new drug trials that are taking place at Imperial College and that show potential to 'cure' the obesity epidemic... 04 June 2018 12:00pm
  • Should I opt for a Mini Gastric Bypass?Martyn Berrett It's a good question and one that we expect more patients to be asking in the years ahead. Recently, the Mini bypass has started to see an increase in interest. 29 May 2018 12:00pm
  • Weight Loss Injections and PregnancyMartyn Berrett I'm a great fan of the new weight loss drugs that are available and I'm sure we'll see new and improved treatments in the years ahead. I do worry though that people are taking weight loss injections without fully understanding the implications. 25 May 2018 12:00pm
  • The Obesity Epidemic – It really is complicated!Martyn Berrett How we should tackle the problem of obesity was brought into sharp focus again this week when a long-term study into schools was published by Birmingham University. 24 May 2018 12:00pm
  • Gastric Band to Gastric BypassMartyn Berrett As there was an explosion in the number of gastric band procedures done in the last 10 years its inevitable that we are now seeing more patients who want their band revised, fixed or simply removed. 22 May 2018 12:00pm
  • Don't Travel for your Weight Loss SurgeryMartyn Berrett Sometimes in the clinic, we'll see patients who are considering having surgery a long way from home. Ask yourself, is it really a good idea to have your surgery so far from where you live, and why are you being encouraged to do it? 18 May 2018 12:00pm
  • My Partner Isn't Very Supportive of My Weight Loss SurgeryMartyn Berrett It's not uncommon to hear patients tell us that their partner isn't supportive of their weight loss surgery. Make sure the people in your support network understand the procedure, and what it is going to take to help. 08 May 2018 12:00pm
  • The UK Needs to go on a Diet!Martyn Berrett Public Health England has started a campaign designed to encourage food manufacturers and sellers to reduce the calories in certain foods and meals by 20%. 02 May 2018 12:00pm
  • Where Does Helpful Advice End and Fat Shaming Start?Martyn Berrett If a health professional or charity are informing people of the increased risks of obesity can they be viewed as fat shaming? What do you think? 24 April 2018 12:00pm
  • Can a Gastric Band Fail?Martyn Berrett Occasionally some patients will come to the clinic thinking that because they have decided to have surgery it will solve their weight loss problem. These are the patients least likely to succeed. 18 April 2018 12:00pm
  • Why Publishing results matters!Martyn Berrett It's very rare that I write about my own company. However, new data from Healthier Weight has been accepted for publication, reinforcing our place among the best weight loss centres in the world. 16 April 2018 12:00pm
  • Eating Slower Helps You Lose Weight!Martyn Berrett I read an article in the Times today about a study in Japan. Research is showing that people who eat slower are thinner, compared to those who eat at what is considered a normal pace. 13 April 2018 12:00pm
  • 'Fill my band, I need more restriction'Martyn Berrett This is something our nurses often hear in the clinic. It usually leads to a long conversation about eating habits, how the band is supposed to work and that an adjustment isn't needed at this time. 10 April 2018 12:00pm
  • Why is my Gastric band Failing me?Martyn Berrett With all weight loss surgery, there is a 'failure' rate of about 15%. Whether you are choosing a sleeve, bypass, band or ESG this rate is fairly common, give or take a little. There are a few reasons why patients might fail to lose weight... 09 April 2018 12:00pm
  • Would You Go to Your Manicurist When You Get Toothache?Martyn Berrett Why do people persist in going to cosmetic surgery providers when they want weight loss surgery. For me, the contrast is as clear as the manicurist/dentist example. 07 April 2018 12:00pm
  • Have Weight Loss Surgery and Find Love!Martyn Berrett Researchers undertook a study of weight loss surgery patients and found that those patients who were single at the time of surgery were twice as likely to find love as those who didn't have surgery. 29 March 2018 12:00pm
  • Sorry but I Agree With Jamie Oliver!Martyn Berrett It doesn't seem to be a very popular thing to do these days but I picked up the The Times recently and found myself agreeing with our Jamie. 28 March 2018 3:30pm
  • Beware the Online GP!Martyn Berrett I was relieved to read today that the Care Quality Commission has competed a review of England's remote GP services, and some pharmacy services. As I expected, the results were worrisome! 26 March 2018 3:30pm
  • Medical Weight Loss Programme Checklist - 10 Ways to spot the best providersAndrew Jones A simple checklist of the things I think your programme must have, to help you sort the good providers from the bad. 21 March 2018 12:00pm
  • Update: Non-surgical sleeve resultsMartyn Berrett We started doing the ESG procedure in January 2016 when we did the UK's first ever case. At that time we launched a programme that was based on the experience of the pioneering centres in the US where the procedure was developed. 14 February 2018 9:27am
  • Stop abusing the gastric bandMartyn Berrett First I was alarmed and then I was annoyed. These were my reactions today when reading an article in the Mail Online talking a bout a lady from Wales who nearly lost her life because of her gastric band. The headline even referred to the gastric... 14 February 2018 5:16pm
  • Don't forget the surgeonMartyn Berrett I have always been surprised by how little attention patients pay to the surgeon who will be carrying out their procedure. Of course, patients will meet the surgeon and have to feel confident in them, but the level of questioning about the surgeon's... 09 February 2018 10:30am
  • Society's prejudice against the obeseMartyn Berrett You have seen various articles from me before on the subject of weight loss surgery in the NHS and why we should be doing more. The health and financial arguments are well established, but still we only do 5,000 procedures per year. 06 February 2018 8:45am
  • Beat the sitting diseaseMartyn Berrett I read a great little piece of research earlier today. It could easily fly under the radar but is actually very important. The research was carried out by the world famous Mayo Clinic in the United States, and published in the European Journal of... 01 February 2018 12:03pm
  • Have weight loss surgery and live longerMartyn Berrett Another day, another powerful piece of data that supports the argument for weight loss surgery. This time the study was based on 34,000 obese patients, over 8,000 of whom underwent weight loss surgery. It was published this week in The Journal of... 12 January 2018 10:15am
  • Will I have excess skin?Martyn Berrett We get asked this question by a lot of people before they decide to go ahead with weight loss surgery. We always remind people that excess skin is a small issue when compared the halth risks and life limiting implications of obesity. 04 January 2017 9:47am
  • Improve your quality of lifeMartyn Berrett We read a lot in the about the benefit weight loss surgery provides to people who are suffering with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D). This is for good reason because most patients who have T2D will see a complete resolution of their condition after surgery.... 20 December 2017 12:18pm
  • What exactly is the skinny jab?Andrew Jones You may have seen the skinny jab advertised. It's not really as it sounds. Here are the facts about it. 15 December 2017 12:03pm
  • How does the consultation process work?Martyn Berrett It's a scary thought that next month is January 2018! Of course there is lots of fun to be had before then but in one month we'll all be trying to get over the excesses of holiday meals and many of us will be contemplating whether 2018 is the year... 12 December 2017 12:16pm
  • Stop Picking On Obese Nurses!Martyn Berrett The basis for the discussion was statistics published by two universities that showed that one in four (25.1%) nurses as obese and the rate even higher among care home workers and nursing assistants. This compares to 23.5% for the population as a... 07 December 2017 12:28pm
  • Gemma Collins thinks the Gastric Band is easy, what's the truth?Martyn Berrett In the article Gemma Collins emphasised that she was determined to lose the weight on her own through exercise and changing her eating habits. That's a great goal to have but the statistics show that only a very small proportion of people who are... 06 December 2017 9:34am
  • Self funding weight loss surgeryMartyn Berrett Over the years we have seen thousands of people improve their health and happiness as a result of weight loss surgery. What is less well known is that we also see an improvement in their financial well being too. 30 November 2017 9:33am
  • 10 Statistics that sum up the UK's Obesity EpidemicMartyn Berrett There is a lot of talk about the UK's obesity epidemic in the news, we hear something on it every week. The problem is that we hear it so often we can easily switch off and miss the important points. 01 December 2017 3:01pm
  • How to assess your weight loss surgery providerMartyn Berrett Its so hard for people who are considering surgery to decide on who will be the best providers. It's a big decision and you'll be living with the consequences for the rest of your life. You'd get to know your partner before getting married so you... 02 November 2017 9:33am
  • Diabetes - More reason not to delay weight loss surgeryMartyn Berrett The health benefits of weight loss surgery (formally known as bariatric surgery) have been known for many years. All of the established procedures have been shown in countless studies to be safe and effective. 20 November 2017 8:35am
  • Mariah Carey gets fat shamed into weight loss surgeryMartyn Berrett Mariah Carey gets fat shamed into weight loss surgery. Like me, you may have been shocked to read today that Mariah Carey has undergone a gastric sleeve procedure. She is reported to have felt body shamed into having it done. It's a sad reflection... 09 November 2017 3:22pm
  • Top 4 reasons why the gastric balloon is a great weight loss optionMartyn Berrett Looking at the gastric band versus the gastric balloon, we share 4 reasons why the balloon is a great weight loss choice. 02 November 2017 9:33am
  • NHS requires obese patients to justify why they should have weight loss surgeryMartyn Berrett The latest headlines relate to the fact that provision of this life changing surgery is being limited to those people living in Yorkshire. The NHS commissioning Group covering a large part of Yorkshire has decided that it will only fund weight... 25 October 2017 1:17pm
  • More obesity discrimination - The NHS will deny non-urgent surgery to obese patientsMartyn Berrett With weight loss surgery in the NHS reducing to as few as 5,000 per year (France does 40,000) it's now the case that not only can the obese not get weight loss surgery but in some parts of the country they can't get treatment for other illnesses... 19 October 2017 1:35pm
  • Why so few NHS bands?Martyn Berrett In the years since 1992 when the first gastric band was implanted, hundreds of thousands have been implanted around the world, including here in the UK. As so many have been done we have a huge amount of published data to show the results that can... 17 October 2017 11:13am
  • 10 reasons why you should reconsider surgery abroadMartyn Berrett We are always horrified to hear that a patient has decided to have their weight loss surgery overseas, but why do we think this? We know that price is important and so when you see what appears to be the same procedure appreciably cheaper overseas,... 08 August 2017 11:13am
  • Fat shaming: How society views the obeseMartyn Berrett It's worth taking a little time to reflect on why someone who is taking such a positive step like weight loss surgery would view themselves so negatively and the answer lies in the way society view the overweight and obese. 04 August 2017 10:05am
  • Update: Weight loss & the NHSMartyn Berrett Why is the NHS doing fewer weight loss surgery procedures when ever more people would benefit from them? It would be too easy to give the simple answer that there isn't enough money but to really understand the problem a deeper appreciation is... 07 July 2017 1:15pm
  • Overweight women earn £3k lessMartyn Berrett In 2016 Exeter University published a study that showed that a woman weighing 2 stone more than another woman would on average earn £3000 less than her 'slimmer' peer. The same study also showed than shorter men earned less than their taller peers. 13 July 2017 10:18am
  • Why aren't we taking the Diabetes Epidemic More Seriously?Martyn Berrett Its officially Diabetes week! It's a good time to remind people that Diabetes has officially been labelled a global Epidemic. An estimated 4.5 million people in the UK alone are living with Diabetes and worse still 11.9 are estimated to be at... 12 June 2017 3:18pm
  • The 'fat but fit' balloon has been burstMartyn Berrett Like me, you may have seen health programmes on TV where there has been a person talking about the health dangers of obesity (usually a doctor) and the other side of the argument is represented by someone who argues that there is no evidence that... 01 June 2017 8:48am
  • Don't eat until you are fullMartyn Berrett Most people think that eating until they are full and eating until they are no longer hungry are the same thing. In fact they are quite different. Sounds mad doesn't it but to help me explain the point, imagine you are really hungry and start... 26 May 2017 9:30am
  • Understanding emotional eatingMartyn Berrett Of all the possible reasons for overeating, “emotional” factors are among the most common. I'm sure we'd all admit to having overeaten in response to a stressful event or an emotional upset at some point in our lives. 12 May 2017 9:35am
  • Will a gastric band work for me?Martyn Berrett Well, it's impossible to be sure whether a band will work for you and in clinic last week I saw a lady who was very concerned about this question. It's perfectly natural as the investment in a band is a big one for anyone with what might be... 31 March 2017 2:14pm
  • Why won't the NHS pay for my surgery?Martyn Berrett Good question. The financial argument for the NHS to pay for a procedure for every person who has a BMI above 35 coupled with a serious weight related co-morbidity (such as Type 2 Diabetes or Sleep Apnoea) is very compelling indeed. 17 March 2017 12:05pm
  • Am I ready for weight loss surgery?Martyn Berrett I was in clinic recently when I met with a lady who was considering her weight loss surgery options. There were lots of reasons to think a band would be a good option but she said she preferred a sleeve because her friend had had a band and it... 08 March 2017 12:15pm
  • Will surgery cure my weight problems?Martyn Berrett The simple answer is no. The weight loss procedure ALONE will not cure the problem. That said, it is a big part of the solution. I spoke to someone, Halima, only the other week who had lost 10 stones after weight loss surgery. Halima recently won... 17 February 2017 11:35am
  • Can I get weight loss surgery on the NHS?Andrew Jones The truth is that it's very unlikely you'll be able to get weight loss surgery through the NHS. Although the guidelines for the NHS say that you are eligible for surgery if you have a BMI (body mass index) above 35 (plus an associated health... 10 February 2017 12:15pm
  • How to eat with a gastric bandMartyn Berrett The gastric band is a great procedure and has been helping people manage their weight for over 20 years. The keys to success with the band are to have the band correctly placed, to have proper adjustments, to eat the right foods and to eat them in... 30 June 2017 11:28am
  • 10 reasons to choose Healthier WeightMartyn Berrett 10 reasons to choose Healthier Weight as your weight loss surgery provider. We specialise in weight loss surgery so every person in our organisation is dedicated to helping people lose weight. We offer no quibble warranties, we can boast an... 08 August 2017 11:13am
  • What's good for the goose is good for the ganderMartyn Berrett What's good for the goose is good for the gander. There is new research to show that men have an impact on the baby through their sperm. Fat men 22 August 2017 8:35am
  • Is my obesity putting my mental health at increased risk?Martyn Berrett Is my obesity putting my mental health at increased risk? The finding of recent research is that it does. According to science, if you are over eating, then you are putting your mental health at risk. Especially when it comes to junk foods that are... 22 August 2017 1:35pm
  • Why is it so hard to lose weight?Martyn Berrett Why is it so hard to lose weight? Well, you may be comforted to know that it's hard to lose weight because our bodies have evolved to cling on to stored fat, and it's become tremendously efficient at doing it. 22 August 2017 1:35pm
  • Junk Food can be as damaging to your kidneys as DiabetesMartyn Berrett Junk Food can be as damaging to your kidneys as Diabetes. A new study, undertaken at the Anglia Ruskin University and funded by Diabetes UK, has shown that the problems caused by following a junk food diet or a diet high in fat are similar to those... 22 August 2017 1:35pm
  • The NHS needs to perform more weight loss surgeriesMartyn Berrett The NHS needs to perform more weight loss surgeries to save money and reduce Type 2 diabetes. The latest data shows that about 5,000 weight loss procedures are being done each year in the NHS. To give some context that compares to over 35,000 in... 22 August 2017 1:35pm
  • 10 essential steps to gastric band successMartyn Berrett 10 essential steps to gastric band success. If you are wondering whether a gastric band is a good way for you to take control of your weight, here is our 10 step guide to gastric band success. Step 1.Choose your clinic carefully – Make sure you... 19 October 2017 1:35pm
  • 5 important sleeve lessonsMartyn Berrett At Healthier Weight we have done gastric sleeves for many years, in fact we did some of the first sleeves in the United Kingdom in Manchester back in the noughties. We now offer the procedure across the country. 17 October 2017 11:13am
  • Thinking of having surgery overseas? 5 reasons not to do it Martyn Berrett You will want to have your surgery done by a professional surgeon using the best equipment, and all in a good hospital with the best facilities. We know that the materials used to do the procedure are broadly the same whichever country you have them... 01 December 2017 3:01pm

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  • Week 13It's adjustment time for Laura. Read about this weeks challenges and successes..
  • Week 12The back to school season approaches for Laura and her children, so shopping trips are an essential! How will she resist the temptation of on the go...
  • Week 11The past couple of weeks have taken a toll on Laura's eating.
  • Week 10Laura learns more about emotional eating and how to control it.
  • Week 9Laura is still struggling after lasts week's emotional event sets her back.
  • Week 8It's a difficult week for Laura as she loses someone very close to her.
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