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Obesity Surgery NHS

Obesity Surgery NHS

Obesity Surgery NHS. After working with over a thousand people, each wishing to lose weight, the fascination and unquestionable belief that people appear to have in Bariatric Surgery never fails to amaze me. Bariatric Surgery, of course, refers to any surgical weight loss procedure, including Gastric Band, Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve etc. Whether it’s NHS weight loss surgery or going privately, most see it as the Holy Grail. For some reason, they believe that after they have chosen to go under the knife, all their problems will disappear.

Most dieters I have talked with think that both pre and post-surgery, zero effort is required on their part. For some reason, they also have a mistaken belief that the weight loss they expect is both guaranteed and will be permanent. They are also confident that it will not involve any medical risks. They believe that following their surgery, life can go back as it was before, minus the excess weight….Utopia…. But where does this totally incorrect thinking come from?

Obesity Surgery NHS

Obesity Surgery NHS

Having searched and read at length the top ten pages on Google providing in-depth information about both the NHS and private weight loss clinics, we know that at no point does it state that the patient is guaranteed to lose weight. Also, nowhere does it state that any weight loss achieved will be permanent. This makes me think that it is just wishful thinking on the dieter’s mind.

So, although people may perceive it that way, the connection with reality is slightly different. It is the same as the accepted and acknowledged medical risks of bariatric surgery. As an example, the published morbidity rate, that is, those that will die either on the operating table or in the following period, is 6%. (Jama Network US). So, in other words, six people in 100 will die! You can read an interesting page on why you should Say No to Weight Loss Surgery Here.

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Many people understand and accept that overweight people face increased risks when given a general anaesthetic. A document published by the National Institute of Health in the US stated that of 6118 patients who underwent primary bariatric surgery, 18 patient deaths occurred within 30 days of the surgery. The most common cause of death was sepsis, 33% of deaths, followed by cardiac causes, 28% and pulmonary embolism, 17%. As the years following surgery progress, the mortality rate increases still further.

There is no Guarantee of Success with Bariatric Surgery.

Surgeons say that patients undertaking surgery may lose between 30 to 60 per cent of their excess weight over the initial 6-month period. An additional study shows that the patient can expect to maintain 50 – 60 per cent of that weight loss over the following years. So, as an example, a patient wishing to lose, say, 56 pounds, four stones, can undergo a reasonably risky surgical procedure and can expect to lose, in a worse case, around 18 pounds, best case 36 pounds.

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Weight Regain

The ‘regain’ weight of 50 to 60 per cent would be in the region of 9 to 18 pounds. Weight regain, often described as weight creep, is the anticipated amount of weight returning following the initial post-surgery weight loss. So, in our example above, the result would be an initial weight loss of between 18 to 36 pounds. Weight regain is stated to be in the region of 9 to 18 pounds.

The Question

The surgery has a mortality rate of 6 per cent. The hospital has explained that you should expect to lose around 24 pounds of your excess weight. Additionally, they have made it clear that around 15 pounds may return in the following 24 months, leaving you with a net weight loss of around 9 pounds – and people are electing for the surgery…really…Obesity Surgery NHS

Obesity Surgery NHS

So, the medical risks associated with weight loss surgery are real; you should consider them carefully and discuss everything with your family. So how about the alternatives? If obesity and being overweight is a psychological issue, maybe that is the approach to take. There are a number of pages on this website where we (Martin and Marion Shirran) are described as specialists and experts in the field of weight loss. It is true that we have gained in excess of 15,000 1:1 clinical treatment hours in the weight loss arena.

The surgery for some people, and often their families, can be life-changing in a negative way. For example, some of the procedures are non-reversible: many will seriously impact on their lives going forward. For others, however, the surgery may not be successful, failing to deliver the hoped-for weight loss. With regard to current waiting times for surgery, unless your level of obesity is possibly life-threatening, following Covid, some regions are projecting a wait time in excess of two/three years.

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In Conclusion

One of the first things medical students learn is never to treat the symptom; always treat the cause of an illness. It makes logical sense. Treat the primary cause of the patient’s pain, and the pain will cease to exist. But for some reason, in the area of obesity, we often disregard the rule. You see, it’s a fact that obesity is a psychological issue, not a physical one. Therefore, bariatric surgery is not necessarily the right solution. Obesity Surgery NHS

After years of working with individuals on their weight loss journeys, the pervasive belief in bariatric surgery as a miraculous solution never ceases to amaze. Bariatric surgery, which encompasses procedures like gastric band, gastric bypass, and gastric sleeves, is often viewed as the ultimate remedy, whether it’s through the NHS or private clinics. Many patients seem to believe that, once they undergo surgery, their weight problems will vanish, requiring no effort on their part. There’s a mistaken notion that weight loss is guaranteed and permanent, free from medical risks and that life will return to normal, minus the excess weight. But where does this misconception originate?

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Exploring the top ten Google pages for comprehensive information on the NHS and private weight loss clinics, one thing becomes evident: nowhere does it state that weight loss is guaranteed or that it will be permanent. The notion that it will be easy is, it seems, a matter of wishful thinking. The reality is somewhat different, as with the acknowledged medical risks of bariatric surgery. For instance, the published mortality rate for these procedures is 6%, meaning six out of every 100 patients may not survive.

So, the question remains: despite the real medical risks, modest expected weight loss, and potential regain, why are people opting for surgery? It’s crucial to carefully consider these medical risks and discuss them with your family. Alternatives, such as psychological approaches to address obesity, should not be overlooked.

In conclusion, obesity is a psychological issue, not just a physical one, and treating the cause, not just the symptom is paramount. Bariatric surgery, while life-changing for some, can also have negative consequences and may not consistently deliver the desired outcomes. Therefore, it’s essential to weigh the risks and benefits of each approach carefully.

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Our Top Faqs

FAQ 1. What are the psychological considerations for individuals undergoing bariatric surgery?

Answer: Psychological considerations are crucial for bariatric surgery candidates. Pre-surgery assessments often include evaluating the patient’s mental health, coping mechanisms, and understanding of the surgery’s psychological impact. After surgery, individuals may experience changes in body image, self-esteem, and relationships. Post-operative counselling and support groups can help address psychological challenges. It’s essential for patients to be aware of the potential psychological aspects of their journey and seek professional assistance if needed. Obesity Surgery NHS.

FAQ 2. Can you provide insights into the lifestyle changes necessary for successful outcomes after bariatric surgery?

Answer: Successful outcomes require significant lifestyle changes. Patients must adopt healthier eating habits, including portion control and mindful eating. Regular exercise is also encouraged to support weight loss and overall well-being. Furthermore, patients should commit to lifelong follow-up care, including vitamin and mineral supplementation. The surgery is a tool, but long-term success relies on the individual’s commitment to these lifestyle changes.

FAQ 3. Are there support systems available for individuals considering or undergoing bariatric surgery?

Answer: Yes, support systems are essential. Patients can benefit from pre-surgery counselling, support groups, and educational programs provided by healthcare institutions. Many patients find online communities and local support groups invaluable for sharing experiences and seeking advice. Engaging with these support systems can help patients navigate their bariatric surgery journey with the understanding and encouragement they need.

FAQ 4. What’s the long-term impact of bariatric surgery on mental health and self-esteem?

Answer: The long-term impact on mental health and self-esteem varies among individuals. While many experience improved self-esteem and mental well-being due to weight loss, some may face new challenges. Adjusting to a changing body image and managing relationships can be emotionally demanding. Counselling and support groups play a vital role in helping individuals maintain and improve their mental health and self-esteem throughout their post-surgery journey.

FAQ 5. How does the cost of bariatric surgery compare to alternative weight loss approaches?

Answer: Bariatric surgery costs can be substantial. While health insurance may cover some of the expenses, patients often have out-of-pocket costs. In comparison, non-surgical weight loss methods may have lower upfront costs. However, the long-term financial impact of obesity-related health issues should also be considered. Patients should weigh both the immediate and long-term financial aspects when deciding on a weight loss approach.

FAQ 6. Are there age restrictions or considerations for individuals seeking bariatric surgery?

Answer: Age is a factor in bariatric surgery decisions. While there isn’t a strict age limit, the risks and benefits may vary with age. Older adults may face additional health considerations and reduced benefits compared to younger patients. The decision to undergo surgery should be based on individual health status, overall goals, and consultation with healthcare providers.

FAQ 7. Can you discuss the potential impact of bariatric surgery on relationships and social interactions?

Answer: Bariatric surgery can affect relationships. Some may experience positive changes, with increased self-confidence enhancing social interactions. However, changes in eating habits, body image, and lifestyle can strain relationships. Open communication and support from loved ones are vital for navigating these changes and maintaining healthy relationships.

FAQ 8. What are the typical post-surgery dietary guidelines, and how do they evolve over time?

Answer: Post-surgery dietary guidelines include gradual transitions from clear liquids to solid foods, with a focus on high-protein, low-calorie foods. Over time, patients can reintroduce a wider variety of foods, but portion control remains essential. These guidelines evolve to accommodate the patient’s progress, with regular follow-up appointments to assess dietary needs and possible adjustments. Patients should be prepared for lifelong dietary modifications and close monitoring of their nutritional status.

Are you tired of trying an endless list of diets that just don’t work? Frustrated with the constant cycle of losing and regaining weight? Are you looking for a medically endorsed solution, one based on thousands of hours of clinical experience?  Maybe something that doesn’t involve following a restrictive diet, doing lots of exercise, or having invasive surgery…? So, go ahead, relax, and take a few minutes to daydream… What would it be like to be slim and healthy, to be at your target weight? Can you imagine if you never had to go on a diet again or be afraid of food? What if you were able to enjoy every social event with the fantastic feeling of extra energy and improved self-esteem? Welcome to My Weigh Less Master Class – The Gold Standard in Permanent Weight Loss.

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Read on to find out about our award-winning solution! But first, allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Martin and Marion Shirran, and we have worked in the field of weight loss for almost 20 years. We are both clinical therapists and the developers of the globally acclaimed Gastric Mind Band Permanent Weight-Loss Treatment. Articles about our treatment and successful clients have appeared in the global media, including The Times, The Telegraph and the Express. Additionally, magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Hello, Woman, Reader’s Digest and Psychologies have featured our work, as have TV shows around the world.

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MWL effortlessly delivers the dieter into the eye of the dieting storm. On a psychological level, it delivers a profound and excitingly new approach to the introduction of change in a person’s life. The treatment allows participants to seamlessly overcome their negative issues around food and eating in general, resulting in them being able to make the connection between weight loss and wellness.

Obesity Surgery NHS

Obesity Surgery NHS

Over a thousand people travelled from around the world to experience our weight-loss treatment. Our clients include celebrities, members of the public and medical professionals, including doctors, dentists, nurses, anaesthetists and consultant surgeons. Some clients simply want to shed their excess weight to look better. However, others tell us that health is the main reason. Many of our past clients have successfully reversed medical conditions such as insulin resistance, diabetes, high blood pressure, and fatty liver disease, whereas others have managed to avoid having knee or hip replacement surgery. You may like to read more details on our Medical Endorsements page.

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Our weight-loss approach has been the subject of continued research and development over the last thirteen years. Sharon, above, lost 75 pounds. Our youngest client was just fourteen, and the oldest was eighty-six. Some clients wished to lose just a few pounds to fit into their wedding dress. But others, like Sarah below, went on to lose over 140 pounds. As a result, she was featured globally on TV and in the press. Follow this link to sign up for our course now, and you can start your weight-loss journey today.

Sarah before and after losing weight

Our psychology-focused weight loss programme provides a ‘Psychological Reset’ for those wishing to lose weight. The programme incorporates an updated version of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, TCBT, which is the subject of our bestselling book, published globally by Hay House. Professor Windy Dryden of Goldsmiths University in London endorsed the book, and Professor Philip Zimbardo of Stanford University in the USA wrote the foreword. We also incorporate the latest developments around Neuroplasticity and Neuro-Linguistic Programming along with many other disciplines. One component of our psychology-focused weight loss programme provides a ‘Psychological Reset’. At this statement, ‘Psychological Reset,’ we have observed many people raising their eyebrows; see below.

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Let me give you a couple of examples: the programme will allow you to make a number of simple cognitive changes in your thought processes…small changes that deliver ‘massive results’. For example, think for a moment how different your relationship with food and weight loss would be if we re-programmed your subconscious mind to effortlessly replace the word “want” with the word “need”? The result, imagine you are out having dinner with friends, and after ordering a burger, instead of hearing the waiter asking: “Do you ‘want’ fries with that?” without thinking, you hear and automatically process the question as: “Do you ‘need’ fries with that?” Things would be very different, right? You see, at a cognitive level, we process those words differently. Later, maybe the waiter says, do you ‘want’ another glass of wine? You, of course, hear and cognitively process the word stream as do you ‘need’ another glass of wine. You can watch an animated video explaining ‘Want and Need’ and how it works at the bottom of this page.

Another ‘fix’ in the programme relates to just why people eat. So, during the programme, you will be asked when was the last time you ate in response to actual, physical hunger. Most people say: “Thinking about it, I haven’t been physically hungry for years”. And so we ask them: “Do you ever eat when you are bored, stressed, tired, lonely, depressed, sad, to reward yourself, when watching TV, or maybe just to please someone else?” Then, we do another reset, and so it goes on…Obesity Surgery NHS

We have over 100 blog post articles on the site, covering many different topics. The blog page section is updated almost weekly; take a look by following this Blog Page Link.

Martin and Marion Shirran

We have spent many months completely reformatting our unique, phenomenally successful approach to weight loss. As a result, the course is now instantly available to download to your phone, tablet, or computer. This also means that you can complete the entire course without having to leave the comfort and security of your own home. Welcome to the ‘My Weigh Less Master Class’!

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Read on the pages of this website how the award-winning ‘My Weigh Less’ downloadable treatment is successfully delivering what is surely ‘utopia’ to dieters: a medically endorsed, proven weight-loss approach that provides permanent results! The programme is also based on over 15,000 1:1 clinical treatment hours. My Weigh Less can help you reach your weight-loss goals.

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We have over 100 blog posts on the site, covering many different topics. The blog page section is updated almost weekly; take a look by following this Blog Page Link.

Marion Shirran, as a director of Oxford Therapeutics Limited, is proud to be a registered Stakeholder in NICE – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Marion is also involved in the government’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity.

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We were proud to be awarded the ‘Most Innovative Obesity Psychological Therapy’ in the UK Mental Health Awards 2022.

Mental Health Awards 2022 "Most Innovative Obesity Psychological Therapy Service"

We also appeared on the This Morning TV show with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

Holly and Phil interviewed Martin and Marion Shirran

In 2010, we travelled to New York to be interviewed on the Good Morning America TV Show.

Good Morning America

We are also co-authors of two bestselling books about non-surgical weight loss, published by Hay House.

Martin and Marion Shirran
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You can read a full breakdown of all the components included in the treatment package on the Course Details page. There is also an explanation of the treatment on the Does This Work? page. We look forward to working with you. Additionally, you can read reviews from medical and other professionals on the Medical Endorsement page.

Watch the Short Animated ‘Want and Need Video’ Below…

Click on the link below to listen to our short audio introduction to the weight-loss course.

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You can download the complete My Weigh Less course and start your weight-loss journey today.

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My Weigh Less®/ and all associated intellectual property rights are the property of Oxford Therapeutics Limited, a company registered in London.

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You can read additional information about us and our weight-loss treatment on the Gastric Mind Band website.

Although the weight-loss results and success stories shown on the site are typical, individual results will vary, and are not guaranteed. Weight-loss success depends on each individual’s level of motivation, commitment, food intake and metabolism. Read our full disclaimer in the Terms & Conditions.

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