Are you are thinking about having weight loss surgery in Leeds?
This page will help you to find answers to two basic questions about weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery):
- Do I need to have weight loss surgery?
- What are the weight loss operations and which one should I have?
1. Do I need to have weight loss surgery?
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that weight loss surgery is an option if your body mass index (BMI) is more than 40 kg/m2. The BMI cut-off is lowered to 35 kg/m2 if you have developed some medical condition because of obesity. But, careful thought may be given to weight loss surgery even if your BMI is between 30 and 35 kg/m2. In the USA, the FDA has approved the gastric band for people with BMI more than 30 kg/m2 if they have a medical condition linked to obesity. NICE recommends that bariatric surgery may be considered if your BMI is more than 30 kg/m2 and you have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Asian people have increased pre-disposition to complications of obesity and lower BMI cut-offs should be applied. Ultimately, NICE guidance has to be applied in the light of your individual situation. Also, the gastric balloon is licensed for use in people with BMI more than 27 kg/m2.
To find out whether weight loss surgery is suitable for you, answer the following three questions: