Bariatric surgery

Our caring and professional team are here to help if you are considering bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

We want you to be able to live a healthy life by losing weight and improving your ability to get on with things you want to do, whether that’s to run around with your children, get a job or simply to be able to do the housework, shopping or gardening.

You will need the support of your family and friends to lose weight and become healthy. Our friendly team will ensure that they work not only with you but with your family and friends to help you achieve your goal.

Like all operations, weight loss surgery is not without risk, so it will only be considered for people who are morbidly obese. Because it is serious and you have to be prepared to make big changes in your lifestyle we will want to know you are suitable, both physically and emotionally, before going ahead.

We offer:

  • gastric (stomach) bypass
  • gastric sleeve
  • gastric balloon
  • gastric banding

I feel a lot healthier and better than I have for years. The team have been absolutely amazing.

Our skilled surgeons carry out these operations with key hole (laparoscopic) surgery. This means you will have a shorter stay in hospital, a faster recovery and you can get back to normal sooner.

What can you expect?

When your GP refers you to the service your first appointment will be at one of our bariatric seminars. You will meet other people who are thinking about having weight loss surgery and members of our team. We will tell you what you can expect when you go throughout your care with us and more information about the procedures we offer. You’ll also find out more about the changes you will need to make in your own lifestyle to make sure your operation is a success. You are welcome to bring a family member or a friend along to support you at these meetings which are normally held in the evening at the University Hospital of North Tees.

Your next appointment will be a longer appointment where you will be assessed by various members of our team including the consultant, nurse specialist and dietitian. We may also ask you to see a physician and our psychologist. We need to know you are serious about losing weight so at the end of these assessments we will give you a weight loss target and you must agree to lose this weight before you can be considered for surgery.

The care has been great and the team put me at ease. Thanks to specialist keyhole techniques I was on my way home just a few days after surgery.

Once we have carried out all of our assessments we will discuss your case. Everyone is different and every member of our team will want to ensure we come up with the most appropriate care to suit you as an individual. This is better for you because something designed just for you is more likely to be successful.

At your next appointment you will meet the consultant and specialist nurse again. If you have met the weight loss target the team is happy, we will offer to list you for surgery.

During this time we will continue to support you. You can contact our specialist nurse for help and advice.

Once you have had your operation we will invite you back to hospital to see how things are going.

Contact us

University Hospital of North Tees
Stockton
01642 624601

Useful links

British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society

Weight Loss Surgery Information

NHS Choices – weight loss surgery