Obesity surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, is a highly effective way for people who are seriously obese to lose weight and take control of their lives. It is suitable for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 35-40 who have tried all other means of weight loss without success. The procedures available fall into two categories: those that reduce the size of the stomach or the amount that it can hold, and those that reduce the size of the stomach and bypass some of the digestive system so that fewer calories are absorbed from the ingested food. Popular types of obesity surgery include gastric balloon, gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and duodenal switch.
With high quality treatment available at very competitive prices, travelling abroad for obesity surgery is becoming an increasingly popular choice. Many clinics specialise in the treatment of overseas patients, and some are able to offer pre-operative assessment and aftercare services in the UK.