diet & weight loss

Weight loss surgery is an every changing area of medicine. New techniques and procedures are being developed each year in response to the dramatic increase in obesity operations over the last decade. Most weight reduction patients, or prospective patients, understandably have a whole host of questions and queries. Twenty of the most frequently asked questions are as follows:

1. Can I have weigh loss operation on the NHS?
A range of obesity procedure are available on the NHS but not all hospitals provide full funding for such treatment. You must also meet the criteria set out by you local hospital before being considered for weight reduction treatment.

2. Am I suitable for weigh reduction surgery?
The main requirements for obesity treatment are a BMI indicating that you are clinically obese, and the presence, or the likely development a serious health condition as a result of your obesity. You must also demonstrate that you have explored other methods of weight loss such as diet plans, exercise programs, slimming pills, and obesity medication.

3. Is an obesity operation painful?
Most weight reduction operations are carried out under general anesthetic so you wont' feel any pain during the procedure. You may experience discomfort when you wake up, but this can controlled through painkillers.

How much does wight loss surgery cost?
The cost of weight reduction surgery will depend on the type of treatment used. However, in most cases, you will be looking at a bill of somewhere between £7,000 to £12,000.

4. What are the risks of weight reduction treatment?
The exact risks of a procedure will depend on the technique used and the general health of the patient. Serious complications are relatively rare but mortality rates are still between 0.5 - 1.5% for most types of obesity surgery. More common side effects include infection, internal bleeding, and ineffective treatment.

5. How much does a gastric sleeve cost?
Prices of a gastric sleeve procedure in the UK range from from £8,000 to £10,000. However, you my be able to have the operation fro free on the NHS.

6. Can teenagers have obesity surgery?
Teenagers can have weight reduction treatment but whether they should is another matter. It's questionable whether they have fully explored all other methods of losing weight. And in many cases, their bodies are still growing and developing.

7. How much weight will I lose?
It is possible to lose over 60% of your body weight though obesity surgery. However, much will depend on the procedure used and your level of commitment afterwards.

8. What are the side effects of biliopancreatic diversion?
Possible complications include infection, leakage, deep vein thrombosis, and the development of ulcers. Other problems include nutritional deficiencies, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Mortality rates are just under 1%.

9. Is treatment abroad a good idea?
Prices abroad can be over 40% cheaper than those found in the UK. But potential savings must be balanced by the increased risk of having surgery overseas.

10. What are the best obesity clinics?
The best weigth loss surgery providers in the UK include Spire Manchester Hospital, BMI Beardwood Hospital, The Grosvenor Hospital in Chester, Spire Murrayfield Hospital in Edinburgh, The Vale Hospital in Cardiff, and the Belfast Vita Clinic

11. How much does a gastric band cost?
The cost of a laparoscopic adjustable band in the UK is around £7,000. Some clinics charge considerably more so don't be surprised to find prices in excess of £10,000.

12. Why might I be exclude from obesity surgery?
The most common reasons for being refused obesity treatment are not being sufficiently overweight and the presence of an underlying health condition. Being too obese can also exclude you from many procedures.

13. What are the alternatives to weight reduction operations?
There are many alternatives to surgery including diet pills and medication. Of course, the most effective alterative is a combination of healthy eating and regular exercise.

14. Can elderly people have obesity operations?
Some studies have indicted that there are greater risks of obesity surgery in the elderly. However, results are far from conclusive.

15. What are the main types of wight reduction procedure?
The five main types of obesity treatment are gastric band, gastric bypass, gastric balloon, sleeve gastrectomy, and biliopancreatic diversion. All involve surgery with the expection of a gastric balloon.

16. What are the side effects of a stomach band?
The main risks from a stomach band procedure are slippage, leakage or deflation of the band. Side effects of the treatment include nausea, vomiting, nd diarrhea.

17. How much does a gastric bypass cost?
The cost of a gastric bypass at a private clinic in the UK is approximately £10,000 - £12,000. In some well established clinics, the price can be nearer to £15,000.

18. What are the side effects of a gastric bypass?
The main risks from a gastric bypass are infection, excessive bleeding, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism. The procedure has a 0.5% mortality rate.

19. How much does a gastric balloon cost?
A gastric balloon costs in region of of £4,500 to £7,000 in the UK. Prices up to 40% cheaper can be found abroad.

20. What is gastric band hypnotherapy?
Gastric band hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to convince the patient that a gastric band operation has been performed. The patient thinks that there has been a reduction in the size of her stomach, and therefore responds differently to hunger and the amount of food she consumes.

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