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You may be considered by your GP for Weight Loss Surgery if your Body Mass Index (BMI) is above 35 or more.  BMI is a measure of whether you’re a healthy weight for your height. You can use the BMI healthy weight calculator to work out your score.

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For most adults, a BMI of: 18.5 to 24.9 means you’re a healthy weight

25 to 29.9 means you’re overweight

30 to 39.9 means you’re obese

40 or above means you’re severely obese

Weight Loss Surgery

Obesity rates in the UK have trebled over the past 25 years, with 1 in every 4 adults in the UK now considered to be obese with a BMI of >30.

As a result of this, weight loss surgery is becoming more popular than ever and Mr Mehta being one of the Leeds-based leading surgeons, performs life-enhancing weight loss surgery on a regular basis.

You may be eligible to have weight loss surgery if you are very overweight (BMI of 40+), or if your weight is causing health problems (diabetes etc) and you have a BMI of 35 and above.

Your GP would be the best person to speak to in the first instance but s/he will only usually suggest weight loss surgery if you have already tried to lose weight through a healthy diet and exercise and if these haven’t worked.

The three prominent procedures regularly carried out by Mr Mehta are:  Gastric Band, Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy.  All procedures are described further below:

Gastric Band 

Weight Loss Surgery - Gastric BandA common form of weight loss surgery is the Gastric Band.  An adjustable silicone band is inserted by keyhole surgery around the top of your stomach, creating a small pouch above your stomach.

When you eat, this pouch fills up pretty quickly and gives you the sensation of being full – therefore reducing the amount of food you eat which results in weight loss.

The Gastric Band is designed to be a long-term device, however you can have it removed in the future if you wish (usually only removed due to slippage or other complication) but removing the band will result in putting weight back on if you don’t stick to a healthy diet – simply because your stomach will have reverted to it’s original size.

To prepare for your surgery, you may be asked to stop smoking due to the increased risk of developing an infection post surgery which can slow down your recovery and consequently may lead to complications.

Furthermore, you may also be asked to switch to a low-fat and low-carb diet a couple of weeks prior to your operation as this will help to reduce the size of your liver, making it easier and safer to put the Gastric Band in place.

The surgery will be performed by Mr Mehta under a general anaesthetic, which means you will be fast asleep when you are having the Gastric Band procedure and you won’t be able to feel anything.

The procedure normally takes about an hour and most patients are able to go home the same day, with a recovery time of a week or two.

If you have any questions you’d like to ask Mr Mehta regarding a Gastric Band, or you would like a quote, please contact him here

 Gastric Bypass

Gastric BypassA Gastric Bypass is another common form of weight loss surgery that Mr Mehta provides.  It’s sometimes called a Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and it works by surgically making your stomach smaller, and bypassing part of your intestines so that you absorb fewer calories.

Unlike the Gastric Band, this is a more invasive and permanent procedure and is usually considered by those who are found to be morbidly obese.

The Gastric Bypass is usually performed using keyhole surgery, and using surgical staples, Mr Mehta will make a small pouch from the top of your stomach and will separate it from the lower part of the stomach.

He will then form an opening at the bottom of the pouch and connect it to a part of the small intestine, so any food that you eat will pass through the newly formed stomach, and will bypass the larger stomach and the first part of your small intestines.

The length of the intestines bypassed is set so that when you reach your ideal weight, you will be able to absorb the right amount of nutrients to maintain your weight.

To prepare for your surgery, if you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking due to the increased risk of developing an infection post surgery which can slow down your recovery and consequently may lead to complications. Furthermore, you may also be asked to switch to a low-fat and low-carb diet a couple of weeks prior to your operation as this will help to reduce the size of your liver, making it easier and safer to perform the Gastric Bypass.

The surgery will be performed by Mr Mehta under a general anaesthetic, which means you will be fast asleep when you are having the procedure and you won’t be able to feel anything.

The procedure normally takes 2-3 hours and most patients are able to go home a few days later, with recovery taking between 6-8 weeks.

If you have any questions you’d like to ask Mr Mehta regarding a Gastric Bypass, or you would like a quote, please contact him here

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve GastrectomyA Sleeve Gastrectomy is simpler than a Gastric Bypass but creates a similar effect, where about 80% of your stomach is removed, leaving a thin tube, or a ’sleeve’ which holds about 50-100ml of fluid.

The consequence of this procedure is the restriction of the volume of food that you can consume to reduce the amount you eat because you feel full quicker and very likely to eat less.

This also has a positive effect on diabetes patients and often patients stop their medication after surgery (under guidance of their physician).

In addition to smoking cessation, you may also be asked to switch to a low-fat and low-carb diet a couple of weeks prior to your operation to reduce the size of your liver, making it easier and safer to perform the Sleeve Gastrectomy.

The surgery will be performed by Mr Mehta, accompanied by his anaesthetist who will administer a general anaesthetic, which means you will be fast asleep when you are having the procedure and you won’t be able to feel anything.

The procedure normally takes about an hour and most patients are able to go home a couple of days later, with recovery taking between 6-8 weeks.

The Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure has become more popular in recent years and is now also performed as a keyhole procedure, allowing for a faster recovery period.

If you have any questions you’d like to ask Mr Mehta regarding a Sleeve Gastrectomy, or you would like a quote, please contact him here

  How Can I Make An Appointment With Mr Mehta?

Mr Mehta is a recognised provider with Healthier Weight, the weight loss surgery specialists, and usually performs the surgery at the Spire Hospital in Roundhay, Leeds. He also accept private referrals and is happy to discuss your requirements and takes a friendly, understanding and non-judgemental approach.

The simplest way to make an appointment would be to contact Clare Baines, his private secretary directly on 0113 206 7606 or via email: clarebaines@nhs.net

Alternatively, click here to book a consultation

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