Weight loss (or bariatric) surgery at The London Clinic is performed by highly experienced and skilled weight loss surgeons using the latest techniques and equipment, backed up by the excellent clinical care.

Weight loss treatments: what are my options?

If you are overweight, obese or morbidly obese and you have tried to lose weight through diet and exercise, and have failed, you still have options. Weight loss surgery is considered to be an acceptable risk in people whose overall health is more seriously at risk because of their excess weight.

Like all hospitals and private clinics in the UK we have certain criteria for weight loss surgery that we used to screen patients for their suitability for the different bariatric procedures. 

Weight loss treatments available at The London Clinic include:

  • The gastric balloon:  for patients with a BMI of 27.5 or greater. This is a non-surgical weight loss treatment that involves inserting a balloon into the stomach by endoscopy. It requires mild sedation, but you will be fully conscious throughout. The gastric balloon is a temporary weight loss tool that needs to be removed after six months. Its success is limited.
  • The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band: for patients with a BMI of 30 or greater. This adjustable band is inserted into place over the top of the stomach to restrict food intake. The surgery is done using keyhole techniques and is fully reversible.
  • The sleeve gastrectomy, also known as a gastric sleeve: for patients with a BMI of 30 or greater. This is more major surgery, but is still done using keyhole techniques. Part of the stomach is removed, but the normal digestive pathway is left intact.
  • The gastric bypass: for patients with a BMI of 35-50. More drastic weight loss surgery, which creates a small stomach pouch and connects it to the lower small intestine, re-routing the path of food so that only small meals can be eaten. It also leads to reduced appetite because of hormonal changes.
  • The duodenal switch: this is done as a two-stage procedure for very obese patients with a BMI of over 65. The first stage is a sleeve gastrectomy and then the second stage, the duodenal switch, re-routes the digestive system so that you absorb fewer nutrients from your food.