Weight loss surgery is carried out today using keyhole or laparoscopic surgery. The most common procedures are the Gastric Bypass (both traditional Roux-en-Y bypass and the newer One-Anastomosis or ‘Mini’ Gastric Bypass) and the Sleeve Gastrectomy. Both of these operations mainly work by affecting the way the stomach and intestines ‘talk’ to the brain’s appetite control centre during and after meals.
Gastric Bands have fallen out of favour with many bariatric specialists and their patients, due to the fairly high long-term band removal rate for either complications or failure to lose sufficient weight.
Gastric Balloons are enjoying a resurgence, as new technologies have allowed novel, less invasive means of placing and removing the balloons (such as the Elipse ‘gastric pill’ or the newer re-fillable 12 month balloons).
Heavier patients may benefit from a malabsorptive procedure such as a Duodenal Switch (DS) or its newer variation the Single Anastomosis Duodenal Switch with Sleeve (SADIS). Phoenix Health are one of very few centres in the UK with the skills to carry out DS and SADIS.
Finally, more and more patients are calling us for help after undergoing surgery elsewhere with weight regain after sleeve or gastric bypass or for ‘salvage’ surgery. There are many options for such revisional surgery.
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