What Are Your Choices
There are several different surgical techniques available that can be highly effective in helping people to lose a significant amount of their excess weight. Weight loss surgery is recognised as an appropriate treatment for people who are morbidly obese.
There are two main types of weight loss surgery:
- Restrictive: where the size of the stomach is reduced i.e. Gastric Banding / Sleeve Gastrectomy) so that only small meals can be eaten and you feel full sooner.
- Restrictive / malabsorptive: a combined approach, with some surgical restriction plus bypassing some of the digestive system so that food passes through the body without its calorie content being fully absorbed. (Roux and Y Gastric Bypass)
There are varying benefits and risks for each of the different types of weight loss surgery. Although the type of procedure plays an important role in determining possible weight loss, so does your willingness to make lasting changes to your eating habits and lifestyle, to make the most of the opportunity that the surgery offers.
Surgery isn’t a quick and easy answer to weight loss and it does involve some risk. The most effective procedures are major operations that change the way your digestive system works and sometimes further surgery is needed. Our surgeon will be able to advise you on the specific risks and benefits involved with each procedure. Overall, the risks from surgery are thought to be outweighed by the benefits for suitable patients.
Research has shown that after surgery most people have an improved quality of life and reduced risk from medical conditions that are related to morbid obesity.