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Are you ready for weight loss surgery?
There are many different forms of weight loss surgery, from the gastric band to bypass and sleeve. However, they all essentially limit the amount of food an individual can eat by making the capacity of the stomach much smaller. All surgeries are completed through what is known as keyhole surgery, which is a “minimally invasive surgery carried out through very small incisions” (Oxford Dictionary). The procedures take a different amount of time depending on the one you choose, however before that, it’s important to decipher if weight loss surgery is right for you to begin with….
Things to consider
Do you know what it is?
Before deciding if you want the surgery, it’s important to know the steps it takes to reach some results you’ll be happy with. Before your surgery, you follow a diet that’s called the ‘liver reduction diet’. This is when you essentially are limited to a diet with lower calories you are used to, particularly low in carbohydrates and fat. This is to reduce your liver, making the surgery possible for surgeons to perform.
Once this is completed, you have your surgery where your surgeons will perform a series of steps to reduce your stomach, depending on which surgery you choose/have. Then you enter phases of different diets including liquid, puree, or solid foods. The purpose of this phase is to allow your stomach to heal after surgery and help you adapt to your new body.
Once reaching the solid phase, you can essentially eat ‘normal’ meals. However, it’s still extremely important that you are consuming enough nutrients and following the guidelines that we at Healthier Weight offer, in order to keep you fit and healthy. On the nutrition side, your day-to-day will include taking specific vitamins which can be provided by Baricol, or other brands.
Throughout this process, you will have support from our staff, especially our nurses and aftercare team to help keep you on track and ensure everything is going smoothly. They will also help answer any questions or queries you may have after your surgery.
How high is your BMI?
Once you’ve considered this step, you may want to check your BMI. Depending on the surgery you desire, you will have to fit into the threshold to see if you are eligible for weight loss surgery. This is because not everyone can have weight loss surgery as it is mainly an option for obese patients who are looking to live a healthier and happier life. The following surgeries we offer at healthier weights require these BMI’:
> 30 – Gastric Sleeve and
> 35 – ESG
> 35 – Gastric Band, Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass or ESG
If you are unsure of your BMI, you can calculate it here.
Are you prepared for surgery?
If you have surgery with Healthier Weight, you will have a team that you meet beforehand. This may include people such as your surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses etc. They will run you through what will happen on the day or during the surgery, so you are aware of what’s going on. However, the thought of having surgery can be quite frightening for some people. We at Healthier Weight will do everything we can to ensure you are comfortable and calm before surgery however this is a life-changing operation. We have incredibly high success rates and some of the best-skilled surgeons in the United Kingdom. However, it’s still important you know what you are committing before making the best decision for you. If you would like more information, you can call our patient support team on .
Do you need to lose weight for medical reasons?
One reason you may be considering weight loss surgery is for medical reasons. This can be varying from diabetes to high blood pressure. Weight loss surgery helps with multiple life-threatening issues such as:
- Heart disease
- High bloody pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Liver disease
Therefore, if you feel like you’re suffering from any of these issues and can’t seem to find a way to alleviate these concerns then weight loss surgery may be something you could look into…
Are there other options?
Our weight loss surgery patients have usually tried all they can to live that healthy life. However, they may be struggling to find ways to keep the weight off. This can be due to many reasons like potential eating disorders, binge eating or the lifestyle they live. Because of this, our patients use weight loss surgery to start a new chapter in their lives, which includes living in a healthier and happier way. Overall, bariatric patients use weight loss surgery to improve their quality of life when they have tried their best and can’t succeed, this way they can have a helping hand, knowing that the journey they are going on is right for them.
If you have considered these options and want to look further into bariatric surgery, you may want to start considering the specific surgery and which one is best for you. Your options include the following:
- Gastric bypass
- Mini bypass
- Gastric sleeve
- Gastric band
For more information click the links above or choose to contact us further by requesting a FREE QUOTE where you will be told more about the procedure, we here at Healthier Weight can provide to help you kickstart your journey in 2023.
If you are interested in a gastric procedure such as the gastric band, gastric sleeve, gastric bypass or ESG. You can contact our expert team today and book a free consult with one of our weight loss surgeons.
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