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Risks of Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

Risks of Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

Risks of Weight Loss Surgery Abroad. It’s often said that if you ‘Buy Cheap, you will Buy Twice’. It is another way of saying that the least expensive option may not be the best option in the long run. With regard to the ever growing interest in ‘Health Tourism’, especially those considering travelling abroad to have a Gastric Band fitted, going for the cheapest option is seldom the wisest decision.

Risks of  Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

The least expensive choice can sometimes develop into the opposite, quickly becoming the most expensive. Also of course, it is your health, and possibly your life, that is at stake. If you are looking for low cost weight loss surgery abroad, then going for the least expensive option may not always be wise.

Risks of  Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

Hospitals and surgeons in many countries offer less expensive treatment than you can find at home. The availability normally comes with very short, or even non-existent, waiting times.

Risks of  Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

Risks of Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

The growing popularity in medical tourism has resulted in more than half of all weight loss surgeries being undertaken abroad. The surgery abroad is viewed as being less expensive and available at quite short notice. Another factor that influences potential patients is that many overseas facilities appear to be more flexible with regard to the required weight or BMI of the proposed patient.

Risks of  Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

Risks of Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

It was recently published that prices for the three more common procedures, Gastric Band, Sleeve and Bypass could be up to 50% less expensive when completed abroad. Further increasing the flow of interested overweight people to take up the option.

However, having the surgery abroad can be accompanied by a range of risks and dangers, which in the excitement of booking and travelling abroad are often overlooked. Plus, of course, weight loss surgery never comes with any guarantees of permanent success.

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We feel before you read any further that we should just confirm that we do have an amount of knowledge and experience around the subject to write this article. Over fifteen years ago, we (Martin and Marion Shirran) developed the psychology-focused Permanent Weight Loss Treatment, the Gastric Mind Band. Since then we have written the two bestselling books on the subject.

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We have travelled to universities in Poland and Portugal attending Psychology conferences to share in-depth details of our approach. We have amassed over 15,000 1:1 clinical treatment hours.

Professor Philip Zimbardo of Stanford University in San Francisco and Professor Windy Dryden of Goldsmiths University in London both endorsed our work. In February 2022 we were presented with the ‘Most Innovative Obesity Physiological Therapy Service’ award from the Global Health Awards 2022 panel. We tell you this to underline our experience around the treatment of obesity to write this page.

Risks of  Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

Risks of Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

Over the last fifteen years we have worked with hundreds of clients who were thinking of ‘Going under the Knife,’ then changed their minds at the last minute. We have also worked with others who went ahead and had the surgery, with some very unpleasant experiences.

Risks of  Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

We must first acknowledge that for a number of people, such as those suffering from serious health complications, such as diabetes, weight loss surgery is without doubt the correct choice, hopefully delivering the desired outcome. Also, it is a fact that many people who travel abroad for surgery will have a positive experience. So it’s not all bad news….

As an add on to that, we, along with others in the medical profession, do feel that any bariatric surgery should be considered only after it being recommended by an individual’s General Practitioner, rather than it being a personal choice.

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Risks of Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

Having a Gastric Band fitted has become a popular solution for those wishing to lose weight. Many view the procedure as an easy and fast option, quickly restoring their body image and self-confidence. However the biggest surprise to us was that for some reason, many were under the impression that the treatment would deliver a guaranteed weight loss.

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An additional surprise was that they believed that any weight loss achieved would somehow be permanent. They thought that dieting and being watchful of what they were eating would be over. It takes only a few minutes to take a look around the pages of Google to see that is certainly not the case.

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Prior to any surgical procedure, it is vital to undertake a little research. And when a person is obese and thinking about having surgery abroad it is even more so. The risk of mortality (Death) either during, or following surgery, are considerably higher than for a person of normal weight. Surgery for those who are overweight has elevated risks around post-operative complications, such as sepsis, blood clots etc.

Risks of  Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

Another factor that is often overlooked is related to flying following surgery. It’s true that for many people the trip will be non-problematic. However, it’s advisable to give it consideration ahead of travelling. One of the concerns around flying post-surgery is that of Deep Vein Thrombosis. Being obese, and having a high BMI, are both risk factors in developing DVT. But, of course, the risk is increased following surgery and a general anaesthetic. From –

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Knowing just what post-surgery care you may require is another very important consideration. We have met clients who have undergone what appeared to be successful surgery. Sadly, however, they went on to develop problems, such as serious would infections, stomach ulcers and internal leakage in the weeks following surgery. Difficulties can then occur when trying to source the required medical care in your home country, which of course can be more stressful in an emergency situation.

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The BBC covered a story about a patient who completed the treatment in Brussels. Following the negative, post-op issues she experienced, she had to have the procedure reversed by the NHS. See the link at the bottom of this page.

The waiting list for weight loss surgery on the NHS can be up to two years, resulting in a growing interest in medical tourism. As we said earlier, undertaking the treatment abroad is less expensive, at least initially. The most popular destinations include Egypt and Turkey. For those prepared to travel further afield, both India and Mexico offer a number of procedures at competitive prices.

Risks of  Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

In conclusion: Weight loss surgery abroad is not for the faint hearted! If you are considering it, it’s important to learn about the risks and benefits, before deciding. It’s also vital that you talk to your doctor, and maybe to a nutritionist, or health counsellor, ahead of making your final decision.

Risks of  Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

Risks of Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

One final, personal observation. Having spent time with clients following their bariatric surgery, it becomes obvious that their life was changed forever. Following either a gastric sleeve, or bypass procedure, both irreversible, things in life change, like celebratory Christmas meals, or fun holidays. Because everything will be very different. In my opinion at least, I believe that your partner and close family members should be involved in the decision to go ahead with surgery. Especially as it is not necessary….

So, if weight loss surgery does not provide guaranteed results, and if it often leaves the patient having to be ‘diet’ aware for the rest of their lives, and additionally, if undertaken privately requires an investment of thousands of pounds, why do it….? For those that do elect to go for the surgery, you need to be aware of Weight Loss Creep, or Regain, normally following surgery. You can read Reversing or Stopping Weight Creep here.

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We stated at the beginning of this post that we are the developers of a completely different, non-surgical approach to weight loss. We have treated over a thousand clients, both members of the public and celebrities alike. On this website you can read medical endorsements from NHS surgeons, doctors and nurses who have completed out treatment. Alison above lost 70 pounds following our treatment.

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Risks of Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

Our Permanent Weight Loss Treatment can be completed by anyone, from home, with zero risks. The treatment, described as a dieters Master Class delivers what is ‘Utopia’ for dieters, a Permanent Weight Loss Solution. We invite you to download a free MP3 audio introduction to the treatment at the bottom of this page. We do not ask for your credit card details, or your email address, just ten minutes of your time. Enjoy! Marie Claire featured their treatment.

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Read a full investigative story from the BBC regarding weight loss surgery abroad
FAQ 1 Can I complete the My Weigh Less Course regardless of my BMI

ANSWER Anyone can completer the MWL Course, regardless of age or BMI.

FAQ 2 How much does the the My Weigh Less Treatment cost.

ANSWER The Complete course, containing twelve sessions can be purchased for £399. Alternately you can purchase the sessions individually with no commitment.

FAQ 3 Do I have to follow a certain diet

ANSWER No particular diet is required, we do however share with you during the course the benefits at a hormonal level of restricting sugars.

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Below is a selection of weight-loss tips that you can start putting into practice straight away. And, if you enroll in the My Weigh Less Course, you will learn many more of our helpful tips and techniques about how to achieve successful, permanent weight loss.

Tip No. 1 – Eat Slowly and Mindfully!

A growing number of studies have consistently found a correlation between speed of eating and weight, so it is officially accepted now that faster eaters are definitely more likely to become overweight. Studies have also shown that people are much more likely to eat more when their eating is mindless, as opposed to mindful. So, make meal times an occasion by sitting down at a table, with no distractions. Then eat slowly and savour every mouthful. You will naturally eat less food and also find it easier to lose weight as a result!

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Tip No. 2 – Stay Away From Sugar and Highly Processed Foods!

It’s a fact that sugar and highly processed foods have addictive properties! So much so, that many people find that once they start eating these foods, they literally can’t stop. And, of course, if you’re making such poor food choices, this in turn will make it almost impossible for you to lose weight. So, our advice is to choose healthy, unprocessed foods and limit the amount of sugar you consume. As a result, you will have far more control over how much you eat and also how much weight you can lose.

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Tip No. 3 – Eat Your Favourite Foods on the Plate First!

You may not be aware of how important this tip is, but the order in which you eat your food can actually have a big impact on how much you consume! It’s quite common for overweight people to “save the best til last” when eating. In other words they only eat their favourite food right at the end. It’s not so surprising then, that they also tend to eat everything on their plate, regardless of how uncomfortably full they feel. Because, of course, they don’t want to miss out on the “best bit”!

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However, our advice is to eat your favourite things first. Not only will you enjoy it more, but it’s also much easier to stop when you’ve eaten just the right amount and leave the rest on the plate.

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Are you tired of trying an endless list of diets that just don’t work? Are you becoming weary of your efforts, always resulting in you regaining all the lost weight? Has your approach to dieting made you fear social events?

Are you looking for a Medically Endorsed solution; one based on thousands of hours of experience? Do you dream of finding a ‘Permanent Weight Loss’ treatment? Have you searched on Google in the hope of finding a proven programme? Maybe something that doesn’t involve undertaking a restrictive diet, doing lots of exercise, or having invasive surgery… And no need to buy any “Meal Replacement” products!

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Read on the pages of this website how Oxford Therapeutics Limited – ‘My Weigh Less’ is successfully delivering what is Utopia to Dieters. A Medically Endorsed, proven weight loss approach. A programme based on over 15,000 1:1 clinical treatment hours.

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You can download a free MP3 introduction to our course right now. No email or credit card details required, just ten minutes of your time. Find out how My Weigh Less can help you reach your weight-loss goals and discover long-term weight management!

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Martin and Marion Shirran, the developers and joint Clinical Directors of My Weigh Less, appeared on both the Good Morning America and the This Morning Breakfast Show. Kay Lindley, photo below, lost over 105 pounds, and reversed her type 2 diabetes, following her treatment with the Shirrans.

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So go ahead, relax, and take a few minutes to daydream about what it would be like to be slim and healthy. If you were at your target weight? And then 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? And you also had an abundance of extra energy, and improved self-esteem.

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Welcome to the evidence-based My Weigh Less Master Class. A proven, psychology focused downloadable weight loss treatment, that delivers Permanent Results. It’s also based on over 15,000 1:1 clinical hours treating overweight clients. Sarah Hart, below, lost 140 pounds following her treatment.

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No Diets, Just Psychology

The My Weigh Less treatment is psychology-focused, built around the experience of treating over a thousand clients. The fully downloadable treatment has also been the subject of extensive real person trials. But, as with your considerations regarding any weight loss approach, do take a look at the verified case studies, and their before and after photos on the My Weigh Less Site. And afterwards, if you require additional comfort, visit the Medical Endorsement page.

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The Gold Standard in Non-Surgical Weight Loss

The downloadable My Weigh Less course consists of twelve, one-hour weight loss sessions, with the Shirrans, who have accumulated in excess of 15,000 hours of 1:1 clinical treatment time. In addition to the twelve sessions, clients receive a number of videos, animated presentations, visual aids and hypnosis sessions.

Martin Shirran below was one of first trial candidates.

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The My Weigh Less Course is new and refreshing, incorporating the latest, science-based, behavioural change techniques. It’s also completely based on an approach that has changed the lives of over a thousand people. And now, you can also experience all the benefits, the changes in your life, and your thinking around food from the comfort of your own home. Martin, above, also went on to lose 84 pounds himself.

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Permanent Weight Loss is the Goal

If you want to lose weight permanently, and have looked into different diets, and possibly even surgery, then take a step back, before you decide which approach to adopt. You don’t need to spend any money right now, but just take ten minutes to read the pages of the My Weigh Less website. After all, you have nothing to lose. Martin and Marion Shirran’s GMB site contains additional information.

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Registered Stakeholder in NICE – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Marion Shirran, is proud to be a registered Stakeholder in NICE – The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. In addition, Marion is registered with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity. She also looks forward to being able to share her vast experience, and help you achieve your weight loss goals.

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Martin and Marion Shirran are Directors of Oxford Therapeutics Limited, which owns the Intellectual Property rights of My Weigh Less product.

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You can download the complete course, and start your weight loss journey today.

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