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Exploring the Best Weight Loss Surgery Options for You

When considering weight loss surgery, there are several factors to consider, to determine which procedure is suitable for you. One of the key considerations is your body mass index (BMI). Let’s explore the different weight loss surgery options available and their benefits.

Gastric Band and ESG (Non-Surgical Sleeve)

If your BMI is over 30, you may be eligible for the gastric band, and an Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG). Both procedures provide effective weight loss solutions.

The gastric band is a reversible and less invasive procedure that creates a smaller stomach pouch using a silicone band. This promotes a feeling of fullness when consuming smaller portions of food.

On the other hand, ESG is a non-surgical technique that sutures the stomach from the inside, reducing its capacity by up to 80%. This procedure offers a lower risk profile and faster recovery time compared to traditional surgical options.

Gastric Sleeve

The gastric sleeve has become the most common weight loss surgery worldwide. This procedure involves removing a large portion of the stomach, leaving a smaller, narrower stomach resembling a sleeve.

The gastric sleeve works by restricting the amount of food you can eat and impacting gut hormones, leading to a decrease in appetite. Patients can typically achieve around 70% excess weight loss within a two-year period.

Gastric Bypass

Considered the gold standard of weight loss procedures, gastric bypass surgery delivers excellent results in terms of weight loss and reversing weight-related health problems.

During this procedure, the stomach is divided, and food is routed more quickly through a smaller stomach into the bowel. Gastric bypass patients can expect to lose about 70% of their excess weight over two years, with long-term weight maintenance.

Choosing the Right Procedure

When deciding on the most suitable weight loss surgery procedure, we think it’s essential to consider your health conditions and weight loss goals.

Each procedure has unique characteristics and varying levels of invasiveness. During a consultation with a specialist surgeon, you can discuss your specific circumstances and determine the procedure that aligns with your needs.

This might help you in deciding which weight loss surgery procedure is right for you.

Most of our patients tell us that they had been contemplating surgery for a long time, sometimes years. We fully understand that it is not a decision people take lightly, and we will support you through the decision-making process to make the best choice for you.

Weight Loss Surgery on the NHS

The criteria for weight loss surgery on the National Health Service (NHS) typically require a higher BMI and may involve additional requirements, such as having a weight-related disease. NHS Trusts often impose restrictions on the number of procedures performed, resulting in long waiting lists. Meeting the NHS criteria can be challenging, and it’s important to be aware of the specific requirements in your area.

Conclusion

Choosing the right weight loss surgery procedure is a significant decision that should be made in consultation with healthcare professionals. At Healthier Weight, we prioritize providing the appropriate procedure and ongoing support to help you achieve your weight loss goals, ultimately improving your health and quality of life in the long term.

Please note that this information is intended to provide general guidance, and it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional to assess your individual circumstances and determine the most suitable weight loss surgery procedure for you.

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