Lap Banding, Bariatric Surgery

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    Obesity Surgery

    Severe or clinically significant obesity is the medical term for unhealthy excess weight. Clinically significant means that you are at risk of developing other diseases or conditions that could be life-threatening, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis and cancer.

    In the developed world we now have an epidemic of obesity. It is more common in the UK than in any other country in Europe. About 2% of the UK population have a BMI >35 plus obesity-related disease or BMI >40 without. Severe obesity reduces life expectancy by an average 9 years and patients have only a 1 in 7 chance of a normal life span.

    World-wide a large number of patients have had successful weight reduction surgery and there are numerous publications in the medical literature on the benefits. Many patients find that they no longer need treatment for obesity-related diseases and their quality of life improves dramatically.

    Your body mass index determines whether you are obese.

    To work out your body mass index divide your weight (kg) by height2 (m)
    Normal 18 to 25
    Overweight 25 to 30
    Obese more than 30
    Severe obesity more than 35
    Superobesity more than 50


    Briefly, there are two main forms of operation:
    Restrictive operations cause weight loss by reducing the amount of food that can go into the stomach. This makes a patient feel full very quickly, removes hunger and reduces the need to eat.

    Operations that cause malabsorption reduce the amount of food that can be digested by the intestine and the operation is combined with restriction of the stomach. Some of the operations can be performed by the keyhole (laparoscopic) method. The advantages of keyhole surgery are reduced operative risk and quicker recovery.

    Patients suitable for referral include:

    Within age range 18 to 60 years
    BMI > 40, or > 35 with co-morbidity
    Motivated to lose weight
    Prior meaningful attempts at weight reduction
    Low operative risk
    Accepts the risk of surgery
    Understand the role of surgery
    Understand the need for follow up

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