What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery also known as metabolic surgery, was originally surgery for weight loss. However over the last few decades, it is clear that this sort of surgery has major health benefits for obese patients that supersede weight reduction alone. These procedures mainly help with resolution of or prevention of co-morbidities (illnesses related to being over-weight). Examples include type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), high blood pressure, infertility associated with obesity (in men and women), high cholesterol, poly-cycstic ovarian syndrome, risks of heart attack and stroke. These procedures can also reduce the risks of certain cancers later in life, especially breast, ovarian, uterine and stomach cancers.

Bariatric surgery should not be thought of an easy option and should always be considered only once other non surgical methods of weight loss have been tried. Bariatric surgery only yields the best results, when part of a multi-disciplinary therapy, where the surgery is just one part of the holistic approach, in conjunction with psychological and dietary support as well the support of your family and friends.

Who qualifies for / can have bariatric surgery? NICE (national institute for care excellence) guidance states that patients with a BMI of 35 or more with an associated co-morbidity (e.g. high blood pressure or OSA), qualify for surgery. If patients have a BMI of 40 or more then they qualify as well. Patients with Type 2 diabetes, qualify for bariatric surgery with a BMI of 30 or more. Patients from Asia qualify for bariatric surgery at a BMI of 2.5 less than non Asians, due to their increased risks of harm from being overweight and the associated co-morbidities.

To get the best results, patients must engage with our whole team prior to, during and after surgery and close follow up is needed to ensure you are healthy, fit and lean as well as lighter. All patients who choose to have bariatric surgery will need to take vitamin supplementation for life. They will also after the first year, need an annual blood test for all there routine bloods and micronutrients to keep them within normal limits. Without a good understanding and engagement with follow up, patients can develop vitamin or other deficiencies that can be harmful if not prevented in the first place. Our team can only look after you to get you the best results if you work closely with all the professionals part or your personalised pathway

Our website will allow you to understand bariatric procedures better with potential risks and if you have questions please do not hesitate to make an appointment and see how we can help you, with or without surgery. We look forward to helping you kick start a healthier, happier new lifestyle.

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