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Weight Loss Surgery in Manchester, Chester, Preston

Weight Loss Surgery

Weight Loss Surgery, also called Bariatric Surgery, this is sometimes used as a treatment for people who are very obese. It can lead to significant weight loss and helps to improve obesity related diseases, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Weight Loss surgery contributes to weight loss in two types:
1. Restrictive
2. Malabsorptive

Restrictive- Restrictive surgeries work by shrinking the size of the stomach and slowing down digestion. This Surgery is used to physically limit the amount of food the stomach can hold, which limits the number of calories you can eat. The smaller the stomach, the less you can eat. The less you eat, the more weight you lose.

Malabsorptive- Malabsorptive surgeries change how you take in food. This Surgery is used to shorten or bypass part of the small intestine, which reduces the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs.

 Why it's done

  • Restore your self-assurance and confidence regarding your body
  • Help you lose weight and avoid gaining weight
  • Get you used to eating the smaller amounts of food that your smaller stomach can comfortably and safely digest

Preparing For Your Weight Loss Surgery

Before you have your surgery, there are a few body preparation tips that we recommend. These will help you through your recovery. It is important to follow your surgeon's pre and post-op advice as this is specific to you.

Foods to avoid after Weight Loss Surgery

The following are 10 foods to avoid after your Weight Loss Surgery :

  • Foods with empty calories (i.e. sweets, chips, popcorn, pretzels)
  • Alcohol
  • Dry foods (i.e. nuts, granola, dry cereal)
  • Caffeinated (avoid for a month after surgery)
  • Sugary drinks
  • Pasta, bread, and rice
  • Corn, peas, potatoes, winter squash
  • Fatty foods (i.e. bacon, sausage, whole milk, butter)
  • Foods reheated in the microwave
  • Spicy foods

Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

The benefits of bariatric surgery go beyond just losing weight, it may improve or resolve conditions often related to obesity, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, heart disease, improves fertility, eliminate obstructive sleep apnea, long-term remission for type 2 diabetes, relief of depression, joint pain relief and stroke. Weight loss surgery can also relieve metabolic syndrome, pregnancy complications, gallbladder disease and more.

For more suggestions and better guidance about Weight Loss Surgery you may contact our expert Mr Aftab Siddiqui, a consultant cosmetic and plastic surgeon in Manchester, Chester, Preston.

Criteria for Weight Loss Surgery

To be eligible for weight-loss surgery, you must meet the following requirements: Patient should not have a BMI that is high enough. A BMI of 40 or greater regardless of obesity related conditions or BMI between 35 and 40 with one or more obesity-related condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or severe sleep apnea is required to have surgery.

Can you ever eat normally after Bariatric Surgery?

After bariatric surgery you have to follow a special diet. During the first two weeks you will only consume liquid foods, after that on third and fourth week you can transition into eating soft foods. You can usually start eating regular foods about three months after surgery. At each stage of the bariatic surgery diet, you must be careful by following some rules such as eating smaller portions, eat as slowly as possible and chew well but when you feel full, stop eating immediately. You should also drink 64 ounces of fluid a day, to avoid dehydration. Therefore, life after bariatric surgery is not that much different and you can soon eat almost anything.

Risk of Bariatric Surgery

Risks associated with the weight loss surgical procedure can include:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Blockage or leaking in bowels
  • Blood clots in legs and lungs
  • Pneumonia
  • Infection
  • Urinary-tract infection
  • Leaks in your gastrointestinal system
  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia
  • Lung or breathing problems
  • Death (rare)

Post Operative Activities

  • You should consult with your care team before resuming or beginning an exercise regimen post-surgery.
  • Alcohol consumption is not recommended for people who have undergone weight loss surgery.
  • Body exercises can be resumed after 6-8 weeks.

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Frequently Asked questions about Weight Loss Surgery


As public awareness of the health risks associated with obesity, including hypertension, diabetes and joint problems, continues to grow and with bariatric surgery becoming more available, it is not uncommon to see patients losing large amounts of weight ? often up to 10 stones.
Patients must have maintained a stable weight for at least a year before undergoing surgery. As part of the pre-operative evaluation the surgeon will also run a variety of physiological and psychological screening tests in order to confirm that the patient is properly nourished and mentally prepared for surgery.
Breast enlargement is performed under general anaesthetic and may involve one or two nights stay in hospital. With some patients it may be possible to carry out the procedure as a day case. A tube drain is inserted into each breast to remove any blood fluid that may have collected around the implant. This tube drain is normally removed within 24 to 48 hours and the patient is allowed home in a supportive soft brassiere. Following surgery there is some discomfort, which is more than adequately treated by painkillers. The breast can be bruised and swollen and appears larger in the first few days after surgery than the eventual size. In approximately six weeks the swelling and bruising settles to a large extent and the final shape of the breast becomes evident.
A small dressing is applied to the suture line in the crease underneath the breast. Most patients are able to shower and change the dressing themselves everyday at home. An outpatient appointment is made for removal of sutures approximately one week after surgery. A review appointment is usually offered one to three months after the operation.
Yes, it is normal for patients undergoing plastic surgery after weight loss to undergo a combination of procedures. Combinations can include some, or all, of the following procedures: abdominoplasty, arm reduction, breast surgery,facial surgery, thigh reduction.
Your surgeon will discuss the different shapes and types of implants that are available to you. You will be informed as to whether the implant will be placed above or below the pectoral muscle in the chest and what the long-term implications of having a breast implant would be in. Such problems may include capsule formation, leaks and ruptures, future mammograms, implications for pregnancy and breast-feeding and the possibility of revision surgery in the future. You will need another appointment about 2 weeks prior to your surgery, at no further cost, to have any questions answered following you first consultation and for this you are welcome to bring a relative or friend.
Breast enlargement surgery can have complications just like any other surgical procedure. These include bleeding, haematoma (blood clot under the skin or in the substance of the breast ), infection, visible scar, asymmetry, loss of sensation in the nipple and long-term problems such as capsule formation, leaks or ruptures. Very rarely does an implant have to be removed due to a severe infection following surgery. If this happens the breast is allowed to settle and a new implant is put in three to six months after the operation.
No implant manufacturer guarantees an implant for life but 10 to 15 years is considered a reasonable timeframe for implant survival. Patients are invited to return for an annual review to check the integrity of the implant and for significant capsule formation. If there is a suspicion of a leak or rupture the surgeon may advise you to have an MRI scan or an ultrasound examination to check on the integrity of the implant.
While any surgical procedure has risks, Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty is generally considered safer than other bariatric surgeries. Most of the people fully recover in two to three days. Symptoms such as pain and nausea can be observed for several days which can be easily fixed by pain and nausea medicines. Although this procedure is not a temporary one by it is a procedure that can be reversed.
After Gastric bypass surgery, you can lose about 30% to 40% of excess body weight. With gastric banding surgery, you lose 1 to 2 pounds a week so by six months, you'll loose weight upto 25 to 50 pounds. After a year or two, the patient will settle with his final weight. Around that time the patient will lose 65 to 70 percent of his weight.
Weight loss surgery may be a good option for you if you are not able to lose weight with diet and exercise. It changes the shape and function of your digestive system. This surgery helps you to lose weight and manage medical conditions which include diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, and risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
In gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon makes small cuts that makes recovery time shorter. Most people stay in the hospital for 2 to 3 days. It may take a week or two to recover from gastric bypass surgery and get back to your normal activities in 3 to 5 weeks.
The best way to sleep after gastric bypass surgery is on your back or side. You cannot sleep on your stomach for two to three weeks after the surgery to avoid complications. This will help keep the stomach and lungs clear of pressure, which can cause discomfort. If you are a side sleeper, it is best to use a pillow between your legs to keep your spine aligned.
You can improve regularity by eating raw fiber vegetable every day. You may increase your intake of vegetables after three weeks of weight loss surgery to improve regularity and most important thing you can do for constipation is to drink plenty of water. If you have not had bowel movement in 2 to 3 days or if going becomes painful or uncomfortable, you should consult with your doctor.
A promising new weight-loss procedure may be a safe and effective way to help people who want to lose 100 pounds or more. Most experts recommend a slow but steady rate of weight loss. It's important to note that losing 100 pounds will likely take at least 6 months to a year or longer.

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