Is WLSA Right For Me?
This Is Not For You If:
- you’re looking for a quick fix
- you’re not ready to change your habits
Surgical Weight Loss Is For You If:
- You feel inspired at the prospect of our Healthy Outcomes Process Program.
- You're ready for change and need some help, guidance & support.
Ready for change?
It’s time to talk in more detail with one of our team so you can learn exactly what to expect. This will help you make the best choice for you, your health and your family.
There are Risks
WLSA only trusts the most skilled and experienced surgeons to be carrying out these procedures. Everything is done to reduce risks & complications. No outcome can be absolutely guaranteed; all surgeries carry with them a degree of risk.
Results will vary from person. Your own suitability for weight loss surgery will be determined following an in-depth assessment based on your individual circumstances. However, our testimonials, detailing the real-life experiences from some of our clients, may be a useful tool in contributing to this life-changing decision.
Complications are rare - these are the most common:
Band Erosion (0.5% occurrence)
This takes place when the band erodes or migrates inside the stomach wall and is confirmed by an endoscopy. Should this occur, the band must be removed. A second Lap Band is unlikely to be successful under these circumstances and another weight loss procedure should be considered
Band Slippage (1% occurrence)
This occurs when the lap band slips out of position causing the upper pouch to expand An x-ray will confirm whether slippage has taken place. Subsequent removal or repositioning of the back will be necessary.
Infection (3–5 % occurrence)
On rare occasions, an infection can develop in the port area, through which a doctor is able to adjust the saline levels in the band. Early treatment typically involves just a course of antibiotics. In very few cases, the port will be temporarily removed.
Although the Gastric Sleeve procedure is associated with minimal complications and risk, patients must take into account that, as with any surgery, this outcome cannot be absolutely guaranteed. Weight loss outcomes vary from person to person. Furthermore, there is minimal long term data (>10 years) regarding weight loss.
Potential, but unexpected risks include leaking from staple line, reflux in the first 3 months following surgery and stricture of the gastric tube. Our team are happy to discuss any questions and concerns you may have in detail.
The Orbera Intragastric Balloon is a non-surgical, permanent but completely reversible procedure. Whilst it is associated with few complications, the following are possible:
- Patients may experience discomfort and reflux while the balloon is in place
- If left in the stomach too long, the balloon can deflate. If not removed in a timely manner, serious problems such as rupturing can occur.
- Patients will typically experience nausea and/or vomiting within the first 12–48 hours as the body’s initial reaction is to try and reject the balloon. These symptoms should subside and patients are given medication in order to alleviate these symptoms.
Patients are required to attend follow-up appointments and check ups throughout their time with the balloon to ensure that the balloon is comfortable and everything is going to plan.