Can I get a gastric bypass on the NHS?
NHS weight loss surgery.
Answer: Weight loss surgery is available on the NHS for people who meet certain criteria.
- These include: you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more
- or a BMI between 35 and 40 and an obesity-related condition that might improve if you lost weight (such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure)
- Where I live before you are referred to the bariatric services you have to attend a food for thought group which runs for 12 weeks and I’m 5 weeks in its terribly boring because I feel like ‘ I know all this already!!! But I will continue to go and once I have completed they say I will be referred to the bariatric service so my question really is what happens next?? What are the timescales who do I see?
- I have had to see dieticians, a psychotherapist, follow a 12 weeks food nutrition and exercise regime/classes, plus I have been seeing a personal health trainer for almost a year.
- I also had to see a bariatric doctor last August (who visited the area and saw lots of patients) who assessed if I was ‘right’ for surgery. After seeing him I had to wait for my referral to Luton and Dunstable which I received in January this year.
what is the recommended Diet after a gastric bypass?
How long after surgery would anyone be expected to start losing weight?
- Who qualifies for gastric bypass surgery?
The progression of dieting stages following a gastric bypass is generally similar to those after a gastric band: In the first week after surgery,
- only drink liquids (this doesn’t include puréed food).
- In weeks two to four, you can eat puréed food in the same quantities (100g) and frequencies (four to five times a day) as described above.
- In weeks four to six, you can eat soft food.
- After six weeks, gradually resume eating a healthy diet
Your weight loss will be monitored at the follow-up appointments. If you have been fitted with a gastric band, you should aim for a steady rate of weight loss at around 1lb or 2lb (about 0.5kg or 1kg) a week, that continues for a year to 18 months