What is Weight Loss Surgery?
Weight loss surgery, also known as Bariatric Surgery, is surgery specifically for the purpose of weight loss in patients with severe obesity.
It can produce significant weight loss and give improvements in conditions including type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnoea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease as well as joint disorders.
If patients would like to be considered for NHS funded weight loss surgery, they must first engage in a Tier 3 specialist obesity service (such as LSOS). Patients must demonstrate that they can make and maintain lifestyle changes to prevent further weight gain, and ideally achieve a minimum of a 5% loss before a referral can be considered. If a patient’s weight is still increasing a referral for surgery cannot be made for safety reasons.
Weight Loss Surgery Information Sessions
Once you are under the Weight Management care, we offer a group education session for anyone who may be interested in weight loss surgery. This session will give you accurate and up to date information about the different types of NHS-funded weight loss surgery that maybe be considered. It will also explain some of the dietary and lifestyle changes that are needed before a referral can be considered. The aim of this is to give patients the best information possible so that they can make an informed decision as to whether this is the treatment they may wish to consider.
Please click on the attachment below for a summary handout about weight loss surgery.