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Bariatric Surgery - Your Guide to our Service

We fully understand at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals that taking the decision to have surgery, to help with weight loss, is a major decision. In appreciation of this, we have designed this guide to inform you of the different types of surgery available, but also what you can expect on your visits.

To qualify for assessment for surgery you are required to have attended and completed a Specialist Weight Management Service ... read more

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Coping with Anxiety or Difficulties Eating after Surgery

This leaflet aims to help you to gain a broader understanding of the brain and body’s stress response and how this may contribute to difficulties eating after bariatric surgery ... read more

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Dietary Guidelines after Bariatric Surgery

This leaflet is designed for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery such as a gastric band insertion, a gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy. There is a separate booklet given out for those needing a gastric balloon ... read more

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Frequently asked questions Tier 3

The Specialist commissioning group for bariatric surgery made it an essential requirement for anyone wanting bariatric surgery to have attended and completed a non-surgical Specialist Weight Management Service (SWMS) prior to any surgical referral ... read more

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Intra-Gastric Balloon

The intra-gastric balloon is a soft silicone balloon that is placed into the stomach and filled with sterile saline. It partially fills the stomach and creates a feeling of fullness. When combined with a healthy diet and behavioural modifications the intra-gastric balloon helps to control your portion size and aid weight loss.

The Intragastric balloon is recommended for patients who are required to lose weight before an operation to reduce their surgical risk. It stays in the stomach for a maximum of 6 months.

The balloon is placed into the stomach through the mouth and gullet (oesophagus). You will be given sedation or a light anaesthetic during the procedure. The whole procedure takes around 30 minutes and you will be able to go home on the same day ... read more

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Mindfulness and Mindful Eating

Mindfulness has been shown to help with a number of physical and psychological difficulties including: type 2 diabetes, chronic pain, binge and emotional eating, depression, anxiety and stress ... read more

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Psychological Risks associated with Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery can be an effective tool to support people lose weight and improve their health. However, this surgery is life changing and it is important that you take time to understand the risks that can be associated with it.

This booklet is designed to give you an overview of some of the most common psychological risks associated with bariatric surgery ... read more

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Specialist Weight Management and Bariatric Psychology Service

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves and let you know about the different types of psychological support available to you as part of the Specialist Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery Services ... read more

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Surgical Pathway Tier 4

Surgery is considered a treatment option for people with morbid obesity providing all of the following criteria are fulfilled:

  • 18 years or older
  • BMI of 40Kg/m2 or more, or BMI greater that 35kg/m2 in the presence of other significant diseases
  • Morbid/severe obesity has been present for at least five years
  • The individual has recently received and complied with a Specialised Weight Management Programme (SWMS) for a duration of 12-24 months

If the above criteria are met then you are eligible to be referred for consideration of Bariatric Surgery. ... read more