Bariatric surgery is a weight loss technique designed to help people who suffer from life- threatening obesity, when other treatment methods have failed to succeed.
It is designed for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 and above, or a BMI of 35 and above together with another health illness, such as type II diabetes or high blood pressure.
There are various types of bariatric surgery, known as gastric band, gastric balloon, gastric sleeve, gastric bypass:
Bariatric surgery will transform eating, weight, work, relationships, social life, body image and self-esteem, but patients will need plenty of support and guidance in the time before the procedure.
Weight loss and maintenance is often a prerequisite before surgery takes place. This can be a sensible time to introduce new eating patterns and behaviours.
Food management support and techniques can prepare you for the physical, psychological and emotional requirements of weight loss surgery.
Bariatric surgery is traumatic, and by its nature it forces the patient to eat with restraint and within certain strict guidelines. Strict dietary guidelines are required immediately after surgery, with staged changes in eating progressing during the weeks following.
Managing distress, appetite and hunger are all important aspects of food management. We can support you in your transition to your new relationship with food and eating, teaching you skills and tips to make your journey of change smooth.
Weight loss surgery puts you under huge amounts of stress, and for some this may result in anxiety attacks around food, chewing and spitting out of food, and the development of disordered eating patterns. We will support you through any struggles you have, teaching you new ways to manage your feelings and stress.
Our focus will be to help you balance your diet to meet the ever-changing requirements of your shrinking body and weight. Understanding your activity levels and changes in body mass will enable us to continually update your diet needs, which means your weight loss will be steady and safe.