Hospital launches new weight loss procedure
A new and less invasive weight loss procedure is to be launched at a free open event at Benenden Hospital this weekend (June 23) from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
Discover Elipse™, the gastric balloon that can be swallowed as part of Benenden’s range of bariatric procedures, will be unveiled by the hospital’s Consultant Bariatric Surgeon Mr Ahmed Hamouda.
It supports weight loss by partially filling the stomach and reducing appetite, and passes through the body naturally after about four months.
The procedure is recommended for people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 27 and over, and typically leads to weight loss of around 14kg, with no surgery, endoscopy or anaesthetic needed.
Mr Hamouda will be give a presentation about the bariatric procedures available at Benenden Hospital and visitors will have the opportunity to tour the newly re-developed hospital theatres and outpatient department rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Mr Hamouda said: “Gastric balloons are a temporary weight loss aid that create a feeling of fullness, allowing you to eat less without feeling hungry.
“The food you do eat stays in your stomach for longer, reinforcing the feeling of fullness and avoiding the need to snack between meals.
“Most people would be able to return to normal activities in a day or two. However, as with all gastric procedures, some may experience abdominal cramping, nausea and vomiting.
“Our after-care package will offer dietary advice that will help to support you in your weight loss journey.”
To book a place at the event, go to www.benendenhospital.org.uk or call Benenden’s private patient office on 01580 242521.