During the UK’s National Obesity Week (24th – 30th January), with nearly a quarter of adults now classed as clinically obese, the UK’s leading obesity surgery provider, Healthier Weight, aims to dispel myths about obesity surgery.
“One widespread perception among the general public and even some medical professionals, is that gastric band surgery is a dangerous ‘last resort’ option for the treatment of chronic obesity. This is simply not true,” says Dr David Ashton, MD, PhD, Medical Director of Healthier Weight.
Dr Ashton continues “In fact, gastric band surgery is no more dangerous than some of the more popular cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty (nose-job)”. Unlike cosmetic surgery, however, gastric banding delivers real and measurable improvements to long-term health and wellbeing. “It lowers blood pressure, improves mobility, reduces joint and back pain, cures sleep apnoea and will improve or cure type 2 diabetes in around 75% of cases. Moreover, our own research shows that a gastric band can reduce the risk of premature death and disability by around 60%” says Dr Ashton. “Thus, the gastric band provides a low-risk and extremely safe treatment for chronic weight problems”.
Implanting a gastric band takes around 30-40 minutes and can be performed through a single incision in the tummy button. In some cases patients leave hospital on the same day.
The gastric band has been shown to be a safe and effective treatment for chronic obesity in teenagers, in the over-60s and in those with chronic weight-related health problems such as diabetes and hypertension.
Dr Ashton continues, “Misconceptions regarding the safety of gastric banding may lead to eligible people being denied or choosing not to proceed with, what may well be, a life-saving treatment. “
Healthier Weight surgeons have performed over 15,000 obesity surgery operations with ZERO mortality
On average, gastric band patients will lose 50-60% of their excess weight. People who are obese and lose weight with dieting are almost 100% likely to regain all the weight they have lost – as well as gaining more. This is the typical pattern of people who have been helped by Healthier Weight. Before gastric band surgery, over 90% of patients had lost weight, only to regain it all.
The prevalence of overweight and obesity is indicated by body mass index (BMI) as a measure of general obesity. A BMI of 30 or more is classed as obese.
Over 90% of Healthier Weight patients have tried three or more diets before they consider obesity surgery.
In 2009 66% UK men and 57% of UK women were overweight or obese.
Obesity is associated with heart disease, cancer, disability during older age and decreased life expectancy as well as serious chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and Hyperlipidaemia (high levels of fat in the blood that can lead to narrowing and blockages of blood vessels.