Weight Loss Surgery in Nottingham

Losing Weight in Nottingham

People with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more are classed as medically obese. A BMI of 40 or more constitutes morbid obesity. Diet after diet promise quick-fix results, but the increase in 'fad diets' has led to yo-yo dieting and research has found that two thirds of dieters will put the weight back on within 5 years.

Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is available for obese and morbidly obese adults in the UK, either through private clinics or via the NHS if certain criteria are met. There are a number of different surgeries available depending on individual circumstances. Weight loss following surgery is usually rapid and significant, but as with all surgery there are associated risks.

Nottingham Weight Loss Clinics

Choosing a surgery is a very personal decision and is not one to be taken lightly. Different techniques appeal to different people so it's important to consider the ins and outs of all available methods before committing to any particular one.


As Nottingham sees more and more obese residents, weight loss surgery in this part of the UK is soaring. In fact, the NHS has reported that bariatric surgery in the East Midlands is now costing nearly ten times what it was a few years ago. To meet demand, there are a number of private clinics in the city and surrounding area which offer a choice of weight loss surgeries.

Gateway Health & Aesthetic, based in the Woodthorpe area of Nottingham, also has many other clinics located throughout the North and in London. They offer gastric banding and the gastric balloon procedure and have a specialist aftercare clinic for follow up appointments and support. The clinic boasts a 73.5% loss of excess weight within 6 months of surgery.

Tonic Cosmetic Surgery & Weight Loss Centre in Nottingham's city centre offers all weight loss surgeries listed above, and also has clinics in London and Leicester. The clinic specialises in bariatric surgery and has been running for over 30 years. Free consultations are offered and a dedicated aftercare service is available for all patients.

The private BMI, The Park Hospital located in Nottingham's Burntstump Country Park offers gastric band, gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgeries. A part of the popular BMI Healthcare family, the hospital pride themselves on the use of the latest technologies and providing personalised and friendly services.

Some patients may be eligible for weight loss surgery on the NHS, although there is strict criteria that must be met and waiting lists may be long.

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Types Of Weight Loss Surgery

There are four primary types of weight loss surgery available: gastric band, gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and gastric balloon. All of these can be used to treat patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher, providing long-term weight loss along with assistance in managing weight-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Some of the procedures are reversible, while others permanently change the digestive system and stomach. Your surgeon will be able to carry out numerous pre-operative assessments to determine which of the four procedures you would best be a fit for you as a candidate:

  • Gastric Band
  • - When a gastric band is inserted, the size of the stomach is restricted to reduce it’s capacity for food. This creates the feeling of being full for longer, so patients are inclined to eat less. The surgeon will create a small pouch at the top of the stomach, by placing an elasticised band around it. This band is connected to what is called an access port, so that it may be flushed through with a saline solution to inflate the band. The band may be readjusted six weeks after the operation, ensuring it is in the right position and that the stomach pouch has been successfully created. The operation is carried out under general anaesthetic, and takes around an hour to complete.

  • Gastric Bypass
  • - Another common type of weight loss surgery is gastric bypass. During this procedure, the surgeon will use sutures to rearrange the digestive tract and connect it to a small pouch made from the top of the stomach. The patient is placed under general anaesthetic, and then using surgical staplers, the surgeon will create a small pouch at the top of the stomach. This restricts any food passing into the bottom of the stomach, significantly reducing it’s capacity. The small intestine is then connected to this pouch, so the food does not enter the rest of the stomach and is passed directly into the smaller area instead. This process means that patients not only feel fuller for longer, but that fewer calories are consumed, two things that will assist with long-term weight loss.

  • Gastric Sleeve
  • - While gastric band and gastric bypass procedures restrict the size of the stomach, a sleeve gastrectomy involves removing part of it altogether, making it a permanent and irreversible form of weight loss surgery. This can be done laparoscopically, or through an open incision. More than half the stomach is removed, leaving behind a banana-shaped “sleeve” at the top. This dramatic reduction in the size of the stomach also leads to dramatic weight loss, as patients experience reduced appetite and feeling full for longer.

  • Gastric Balloon
  • - A gastric balloon is made of a soft silicon shell that is fitted into the stomach and filled with saline. This is a temporary procedure, as the acid naturally present in the stomach to break down food can also break down the silicon exterior, causing the balloon to deflate. It is therefore commonly used to help patients lose weight prior to undergoing one of the aforementioned types of bariatric weight loss surgery. The deflated balloon is inserted through the mouth, and a surgeon will insert an endoscopic camera to examine the stomach. If there are no complications or abnormalities present, the surgeon will then insert a catheter into the balloon and fill it with a sterile saline solution. The balloon will last around six months, after which it can be removed and surgery can take place, or another one can be inserted. As the balloon takes up space in the stomach, patients feel full and therefore don’t have as much of an appetite. This causes them to eat less, resulting in weight loss.

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