Stomach Surgery FAQs

Stomach Surgery FAQs

Stomach surgery when used in the treatment of obesity can be very successful in helping a patient lose vast amount of weight. There is a lot of information available out there regarding stomach surgery and gaining a little bit of knowledge can help you decide is surgery is going to be of help to you. Stomach surgery FAQ’s are a good way to find out the information needed regarding surgery and can answer a lot of things you need to know, this article lists some of the most commonly asked stomach surgery FAQ’s.

What is bariatric stomach surgery?

Bariatric stomach surgery is the form of surgical procedure carried out to treat obesity. There are different kinds of stomach surgery procedure that can be carried out, each with the aim of helping the patient lose weight. Operations can be divided in to two types.

  • Restrictive
  • Malabsorptive

Restrictive surgery aims to reduce the amount of food that the stomach can hold, which will lead to the patient only needing small meals to feel full and therefore less food will be consumed. Gastric banding and gastric balloon surgery are the two most common restrictive techniques

Malabsorptive aims to reduce the amount of food that can be digested by the intestine; it does this by making a small pouch at the top of the stomach and bypassing part of the intestine. Gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy are common forms of malabsorptive surgery.

Am I eligible for surgery?

This is a commonly asked question amongst stomach surgery FAQ’s and surgery is not suited to everyone. To be eligible for surgery in the UK, you will be required to have a BMI of over 40. People with a BMI of over 35 that is linked to another obesity related disease such as diabetes and high blood pressure are also eligible.

Most hospitals and clinics will require that you are over the age of 18 and have previously tried all other natural methods of weight loss.

Where can I receive surgery?

Bariatric surgery is carried out on the NHS and by hundreds of private clinics and hospitals. Most NHS surgery is carried out through GP referral and can be subject to long waiting lists. Private surgery can be done a lot quicker but will be fairly costly. Stomach surgery abroad is also becoming a popular option and does not have the strict restrictions on eligibility that the UK does.

How much does surgery cost?

Most stomach surgery FAQ’s lists will include this question. The price of surgery only applies to private organisations and NHS treatment is free of charge, the price of surgery will differ depending on the private clinic or hospital chosen and the type of operation:

  • Gastric balloon surgery will cost between £3000-£5000
  • Gastric band surgery will cost between £5000-£9500
  • Gastric bypass surgery will cost between £8000-£15000
  • Sleeve gastrectomy will cost between £10000-£15000

Choosing to go abroad for surgery in Europe of to the Far East can often lead to savings of up to half on the cost of UK surgery.