New weight loss procedure launched

New weight loss procedure launched

A new weight loss procedure which reduces the stomach to the size of an egg has been launched at Benenden Hospital.

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass involves creating a small pouch of stomach and joining it to a bypassed part of the bowel.

There are two joins, one between the stomach and the bowel and the second to join the two loops of bowel lower down.

It works by limiting the amount of food a patient can eat and making them feel less hungry.

Patients can lose 70-90% of excess weight on average and it can also help treat hypertension and diabetes.

Consultant Bariatric Surgeon Mr Ahmed Hamouda said: “This is an established procedure offered by numerous NHS and private hospitals and is seen as the ‘gold standard’ operation for obesity.”

More than 18,000 weight loss procedures were carried out between 2015 and 2017, of which almost half were completed using the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

It is recommended by the British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) and NICE for patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 and above, and who have obesity-related conditions. It is the first line treatment for those with a BMI of 50 and above.

Benenden Hospital’s other weight loss procedures are the permanent gastric sleeve and the non-permanent gastric band and gastric balloon.

All four procedures cost between £4,080 and £10,500 and are available to private Self Pay patients.

Published on 09 October 2019