Obesity surgery or bariatric surgery is an increasingly popular choice of treatment for patients who are excessively overweight and have developed health problems as a result. This treatment is performed by an obesity surgeon.
Obesity is a major health problem in the UK and one that is tackled by a range of treatments which include diet and exercise. But in some cases, surgery is the only solution. This is performed on patients who are classed as ‘severely obese’ with the accompanying risks to their health.
Examples of obesity surgery include:
- Gastric bypass, e.g. Roux en Y bypass
- Gastric banding
- Sleeve gastrectomy
- Biliopancreatic diversion
- Gastric balloon
- Sleeve gastrectomy with duodenal switch
Our obesity surgeons often specialise in one or more of these techniques, for example, gastric banding and gastric bypass.
Role of an obesity surgeon at Harley Street
Our obesity surgeons adopt a holistic approach to treatment, performing surgery as well as advising about diet and exercise programmes and support services. They understand the complexities of this issue and treat every patient in a sympathetic, non-judgemental manner.
They are highly qualified in this area and use the latest techniques, e.g. laparoscopy to help with weight loss, placing the patient’s safety as their main priority. This includes both pre and post-operative care.
Your obesity surgeon is an experienced professional who is actively involved in teaching and research and continues to update his/her skills for your benefit.
They are likely to be a member of a professional organisation such as the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society or similar which often has strict guidelines for membership.