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Say no to weight loss surgery

Say No To Weight-Loss Surgery

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If you have ever asked yourself the question: should I have weight-loss surgery? – this page is for you. We are going to provide you with an insight into weight-loss surgery and maybe why you should say no to it. We will share with you the positives and the negatives, along with details regarding the risks of having a general anaesthetic whilst being overweight. Additionally, from experience, we will share with you details around the very vital, and honest conversation you must have with your close family members, ahead of making your final decision. So, who are we? Martin and Marion Shirran, with in excess of 15,000 1:1 clinical treatment hours, we are regarded as specialists in treating overweight and obese individuals.

Should I have weight loss surgery?

In medical terms, Bariatric Surgery, the name given to all weight loss, surgical procedures, is relatively new. Many overweight people see it as the ultimate solution to their never-ending challenges around successfully losing weight. The vast majority of the surgery is now completed by private medical suppliers, which may be a problem in itself. So, why is that, you might ask? Well, it’s because the global market is expected to generate a whopping annual $4.8 Billion Dollars a year by 2023, according to website. And with that much money involved, its possible that ethics may become a little blurred!!!

So few people actually investigate, or understand, the risks involved in Bariatric Surgery, whether it’s Gastric Band, Sleeve, or Bypass. However, as most people are aware, any surgical procedure that involves a General Anaesthetic comes with a risk of complications, or mortality (death). That risk is an accepted medical fact. Another medical fact is that if the person having surgery is overweight, (as hopefully all patients undertaking Bariatric Surgery are), then the risk is even higher.

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Say no to weight loss surgery: the risks

The Mortality rate as reported on another page on this website is 6%. Some will die on the operating table, others in the following months. The most common cause of death will be sepsis, followed by cardiac causes, then pulmonary embolism. At this point, we acknowledge that there is a place for bariatric surgery in the treatment of obesity. Of course, it’s a fact that sometimes the risks of not having the surgery are greater than the risks of having it. But this is only true for a very small number of the overweight/obese. And also, data indicates that many overweight patients search the internet for the “Cheapest, not Necessarily the Best Weight Loss Surgery available.

Should I have weight loss surgery?

Two of the main surgical interventions are non-reversible, so they will be with you for life. The impact of any of the procedures on people’s lives, both the patient, and their immediate family, can be immense. Enjoying a festive meal with family and friends may become a thing of the past, for instance. Holidays will also be different in many ways going forward. It is absolutely essential that you dedicate sufficient time to sit down with your family and discuss, not only the surgical risks, but also the ongoing effects on everyone’s lives.

should I have weight loss surgery

You can search the internet and find many stories regarding the breakdown of marriages and relationships, following weight-loss surgery, it is maybe more common than you think. The massive effect on families, especially if children are involved can be life-changing. This of course is especially true if the weight loss achieved proves to be temporary. You may also like to read our page summarising the interesting facts and figures from the Channel 4 TV documentary: “Who Made Britain Fat?” It was presented by Dr. Michael Mosley.

Should I have weight loss surgery

Say no to weight loss surgery

Life post-surgery will of course be very different. One client, who had her Gastric Band removed, told me. “It was on Christmas Day, and we were having dinner. Then a piece of food became lodged in my oesophagus. I did as instructed at the hospital, (which surprised me at the time, as I was never told that I would need to learn how to do productive burping when booking the surgery). Basically you have to continue to burp, until you have regurgitated the piece of food, just like an animal. And eventually it shot out of my mouth into a napkin, right in front of everybody.

Say no to weight-loss surgery

According to, most bariatric patients can expect to lose around 2 lbs per week for the first 6-12 months. Then the weight loss will slow down, until it reaches a plateau. You will have to change everything, including diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits. You’ll have to eat differently, and take a different approach to exercise too. No more eating in your favourite Indian restaurant, because you will need to avoid heavily seasoned, or spicy foods. You need to learn about ‘dumping syndrome’, a condition where food from the stomach is dumped into the large intestine without proper digestion. It’s unpleasant, and may last a lifetime.

Say no to weight loss surgery

We, like a growing number of professionals believe in a psychology focused approach to Permanent Weight Loss. Ask an overweight person, do you eat when you are sad, tired, bored, lonely, depressed, or maybe just to please someone else, they usually reply yes to all of the above! So, the question is, how can a surgical intervention overcome a psychological problem? In all honesty, it cannot. When training in medicine a fundamental rule is taught: always treat the cause, never the symptom. If someone is overweight, find out why, then fix it, problem solved. Martin and Marion are regarded as experts in the field of weight loss, you can read a dedicated page here.

Should I have weight loss surgery?

As you can read on this website we have treated a large number of medical personnel, including Surgeons and Anaesthetists. However, it was a conversation with an Australian-based bariatric surgeon that we will always remember. He was interested in travelling over to Spain to see us, to be trained in our treatment package, because, in his opinion, it was the ‘missing part of the jigsaw’. He believed that the reason so many of his past patients were experiencing ‘weight regain’ after surgery was because the psychological side of being overweight was not being addressed!!! Read About NHS Obesity Surgery Here.

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In Conclusion

Studies have shown that weight-loss surgery is not an effective way to lose weight. A US study on gastric bypass surgery patients showed that 80% had re-gained weight within 6 years of the procedure, and 95% were overweight or returned to being obese within 10 years. Weight-loss surgery comes with a significant risk of postoperative complications. These include bleeding, infection, stomach perforation, and blood clots. Weight-loss surgery can also be dangerous for people who have a history of eating disorders.

So, is this all ‘Sour Grapes,’ because we provide a non-surgical Permanent Weight-Loss Treatment? Honestly, if you take a look around this website, and others that describe our treatment, you will see that over fifteen years ago we identified a real requirement for a proven non-surgical alternative to surgery. 15,000 clinical hours later, and after global publicity, the psychology-focused, and now medically endorsed, My Weigh Less Treatment is available to everyone. You can download it today… At the bottom of this page you can take a look at a range of verified images of our past.

For some clients it’s vanity, for others it’s health

Some clients simply want to shed their excess weight to look better, 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. Kay, below, successfully reversed her type 2 diabetes, and was featured on UK TV. You can read a Blog post on Treating Diabetes.

Kay Lindley reversed her Type 2 Diabetes following her treatment with Martin and Marion

Our Top FAQs: weight-loss surgery and the alternatives

FAQ 1. What is weight-loss surgery, and why do some people consider it as a solution for their weight issues?

Answer: Weight-loss surgery, medically known as Bariatric Surgery, includes various surgical procedures aimed at helping individuals lose weight. Many overweight people view it as a solution to their weight challenges. However, it’s important to understand the risks and consequences of such surgeries before considering them as an option.

FAQ 2. What are the risks associated with weight-loss surgery?

Answer: Weight-loss surgery carries significant risks, including a mortality rate of 6%. Patients may die on the operating table or within months of surgery, with common causes of death being sepsis, cardiac issues, and pulmonary embolism. While there is a place for bariatric surgery in treating obesity, the risks should not be underestimated.

FAQ 3. Are there any long-term consequences and lifestyle changes after weight-loss surgery?

Answer: Weight-loss surgery, especially non-reversible procedures, can have a profound and lasting impact on a person’s life. This includes changes in dietary habits, exercise, and even social aspects, like enjoying meals with family and friends. It is essential to discuss these implications with your family before deciding on surgery.

FAQ 4. Are there any potential negative effects on personal relationships after weight-loss surgery?

Answer: Weight-loss surgery can lead to changes in personal relationships, including breakdowns in marriages and family dynamics, particularly when the weight loss achieved proves to be temporary. These effects can be life-changing, especially if children are involved.

FAQ 5. What are the expected weight loss outcomes after surgery?

Answer: After weight-loss surgery, patients can expect to lose around 2 pounds per week for the first 6-12 months. However, the weight loss may slow down and eventually plateau. This necessitates significant changes in diet, exercise, and lifestyle.

FAQ 6. Can weight-loss surgery address the psychological aspects of overeating?

Answer: Weight-loss surgery primarily addresses the physical aspects of obesity, but it cannot overcome the psychological issues that often contribute to overeating. Treating the root cause of weight issues is essential for long-term success.

FAQ 7. Have medical professionals recognised the need for psychological support in weight management?

Answer: Some medical professionals acknowledge the importance of addressing the psychological side of obesity in addition to surgical interventions. This holistic approach can improve long-term outcomes and help patients maintain weight loss.

FAQ 8. Are there alternative non-surgical approaches to weight loss?

Answer: Yes, there are non-surgical alternatives to weight loss, such as psychology-focused approaches. These methods aim to address the psychological aspects of overeating and provide long-term solutions. Studies have shown that weight-loss surgery is not always effective, and alternative treatments can be more sustainable for some individuals.

No-risk weight-loss surgery alternative

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.

say no to weight loss surgery

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.

My Weigh Less 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. It’s a completely risk-free alternative to weight loss surgery. The My Weigh Less Treatment will help men just as much as women. With this in mind, you can read a dedicated page about Weight Loss For Men Here. Using a psychology-focused approach is a healthier alternative to going down the “Shakes or Surgical route”.

should I have weight loss surgery

Say no to weight-loss surgery

During the twelve one-hour sessions that make up the programme, dieters learn about aspects of obesity and weight loss that they may have never associated as being connected. The programme has been built around a combination of empirically proven interventions. These include TactileCBT, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, as well as Clinical Hypnotherapy. The treatment is designed to connect your mind with your body, delivering a simple, clean connection between Weight Loss and Wellness.

should I have weight loss surgery

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.

say no to weight loss surgery

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.

say no to weight loss surgery

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’.

should I have weight loss surgery

Just 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 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…

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’!

should I have weight loss surgery

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 regularly; 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.

Free Sample Download of My weigh Less

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

Register Now for the My Weigh Less Course

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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. You can read additional information about Martin and Marion Shirran and their weight loss treatment on the GMBand 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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