Weight loss surgery at Springfield Hospital
At Springfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex, we have
become the Centre of Excellence for weight loss surgery for
the Ramsay Eastern region, offering Gastric Band, Sleeve
Gastrectomy, Gastric Balloon and Gastric Bypass.
We offer four operations - these are Gastric Banding,
Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Ballooning and Gastric Bypass. All
of these procedures work by reducing the actual size (Sleeve
Gastrectomy) or effectively reducing the capacity (Gastric Banding)
size of the stomach, thus reducing the amount of food eaten at
The main difference between the procedures is that the
gastric band is adjustable and also potentially reversible, the
balloon is removable, whereas the Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric
Bypass permanently reduces stomach size and capacity.
Operations are normally performed using keyhole techniques
resulting in rapid post-operative recovery. The Gastric
Balloon which is a temporary treatment (up to 6 month) is an
endoscopic treatment designed to help educate the patient into long
term healthier eating habits.
Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery
The obvious benefit of having surgery
is that you should lose weight over a period of months or years.
Many people find that losing weight is far easier after surgery
because they feel full more easily and can’t overeat.
There is increasing evidence that
losing weight when you are obese can offer long-term health
benefits. These include:
• Many overweight patients with
diabetes find this improves after surgery and weight loss
• You may see improvements in
conditions such as high blood pressure and sleep problems
• The majority of patients with
non-alcoholic fatty liver disease who lost weight after surgery saw
an improvement in their condition - or in some cases the condition
• A reduction in the chances of
getting weight related health problems such as cancer, heart
disease and diabetes
Most people who have weight loss
surgery are pleased with the results and don’t suffer from serious
But every medical treatment carries
some risk: weight loss surgery is no exception and it is important
to discuss this with your consultant.
Patients can sometimes not lose as
much weight as they hoped or may put weight back on after initially
It is important to discuss what the
likely outcomes from treatment are with your surgeon and their
Mr Michael Harvey – Consultant Bariatric surgery surgeon
There is an epidemic of obesity in the Western world.
Approximately 1 in 4 adults are obese (BMI > 40) and are
consequently at increased risk of developing diabetes,
cardiovascular disease, cancer and premature death. Attempts to
reduce weight with diet and exercise are, for most overweight
people, of limited and short term benefit.
Drugs too have proved disappointing in both the short and long
term with no more than about 10% loss of excess weight being
achievable in most patients. Surgery can offer much greater
sustained weight loss and can lead to improvement or even
resolution of diabetes, hypertension and other weight related
morbidity. The commonly performed operations are designed to help
the patient achieve a lifelong healthier eating pattern and they do
this mainly as a result of restricting food intake.
To book an appointment or to find out more information about our
weight loss operations, contact us on 01245 234110
or use our quick online
If you choose to have weight loss
surgery at Springfield Hospital, you will receive the highest
quality care in all aspects of your treatment. You will have rapid
access to an expert opinion on what treatment is best for you and
the opportunity to choose your appointment time. There will be no
long waiting times.
As a patient at Springfield,
you will benefit from our great facilities including single-bedded
rooms with en-suite facilities and flat screen TV.
We will do all we can to make your
stay in Springfield Hospital
comfortable - whether it’s providing
you with a newspaper of your choice or ensuring that your admission
and discharge are as smooth as possible.
Our care does not end with the
operation. Weight loss patients need support, advice and
encouragement on an ongoing basis and you will be supported by a
multidisciplinary team of dietitians, nurses and
physiotherapists. We offer a
structured programme which will help you to safely lose the maximum
amount of weight and cope with any problems along the way.
Click here to see what our patients
have to say.
Consultant Bariatric Surgeons and Weight Loss Specialists
Body Contouring / Body Shaping
After considerable weight loss, be it after surgery or through
natural weight loss, some patients are left with excess skin.
Body Contouring improves the shape
and tone of the tissue that once supported that weight.
To find out more about Body
Contouring after weight loss Click Here
To book an appointment or to find out more
information about our weight loss operations or body contouring,
contact us on 01245 234110 or use our quick