Weighing up the options for a better you with weight loss surgery

Consultant Surgeon Mr Hamouda & Surgical Care Practitioner Maria Duckworth

On Thursday 27 January, Mr Ahmed Hamouda, consultant surgeon, supported by Surgical Care Practitioner, Maria Duckworth, hosted our weight loss surgery webinar.

Mr Hamouda has many years’ experience in weight loss surgery including gastric bands, gastric sleeve, gastric balloon and bypass surgery.

Mr Hamouda said: “Weight loss surgery is a lifestyle choice. When considering surgery, an expert and supportive team is vital to help you achieve the best possible outcome to meet your weight loss goals.”

Mr Hamouda explained the different options for weight loss surgery. He talked about how these surgeries are carried out and the difference between the reversible, temporary and permanent types of surgeries available.

Watch Mr Hamouda's weight loss webinar below:

Watch our webinar on weight loss surgery at Benenden Hospital

Consultant Surgeon, Mr Ahmed Hamouda and Surgical Care Practitioner, Maria Duckworth discuss how the benefits of weight loss surgery can be long-lasting and support you to make the change to a healthier future.

What is weight loss surgery?

Weight loss surgery can transform your life by reducing the health risks associated with being overweight. Maintaining a healthy weight is important to lower the risk of developing:

Gastric bypass surgery – permanent

Gastric bypass surgery is a permanent procedure to reduce the size of your stomach, limiting the amount you can eat before feeling full.

Gastric sleeve surgery - permanent

A gastric sleeve (gastrectomy) removes about 70-80% of the stomach, leaving behind a smaller ‘sleeve’. This means you can eat less before feeling full. Jessica, a self-confessed yo-yo dieter had been worrying about her weight for 25 years before she decided enough was enough and underwent gastric sleeve surgery at Benenden Hospital. You can read more of her story here.

Gastric band surgery – reversible

Private gastric band (or laparoscopic band) surgery is a keyhole operation performed under general anaesthetic where the surgeon puts a silicon doughnut to partition the top of the stomach. This creates an hourglass with two sections: a very small pouch above the band and the rest of the stomach below. It’s a very flexible procedure because the band can be tightened or loosened. The aim of the procedure is to decrease the amount you can eat. When you eat anything solid or dry, it sits above the band for a while before mixing with saliva and trickling through the stomach. As a result, it takes up to three times as long to eat. This operation can be done as day case surgery.


Jenny Eldridge decided to have a gastric band fitted for a couple of reasons, but mainly for her health. As a result of being overweight, she had become quite immobile, had high blood pressure and high cholesterol as well as being prediabetic. You can read more of her story here.

Gastric balloon

A gastric balloon restricts the amount of food you can eat by taking up space inside your stomach. The balloon stays in place for a year before being removed.

Considering private weight loss surgery?

Our private weight loss service offers a welcoming, un-hurried and informative approach to your care to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

To contact us about private weight loss surgery, book a consultation today by completing our online booking form or by calling our Private Patient Team on 01580 363158.

Published on 03 February 2022