2018 weight-loss surgery events

If you are considering weight-loss surgery in 2018, my support groups are the perfect opportunity to find out more and get all your questions answered.

You’ll have an opportunity to talk to people who have already undergone weight loss surgery, hear about their experiences and see the dramatic results other people have enjoyed. During the evening there will also be the opportunity to meet me and have a one-to-one mini consultation to discuss the various treatment options and determine your individual suitability for treatment.

2018 dates:

Click on the hospital links above for further details and to book a place at one of these evenings.

New support group at Spire Roding

We are pleased to announce another support group location.  Meetings will be held monthly at Spire Roding Hospital in Roding Lane South, Redbridge, IG4  5PZ from September 2017 onward.  Any patients who have had surgery anywhere or are considering surgery with Mr Agrawal are welcome.

Wednesday evenings 7-8pm on the following dates:
13th September
11th October
8th November
6th December

Meetings will last for an hour and provide the opportunity to talk to others who have had surgery. There will also be a short discussion about a particular theme each month e.g. food choices and how to manage adequate protein, exercise/activity and how to increase tolerance, benefits of mindfulness, and more.

Specialist Nurse, Jo Ripsher and Elizabeth Kyriakos, Consultant Dietician will be present at the meetings and Mr Agrawal will also be on hand for part of the meeting to answer any questions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

2017 weight-loss surgery events

If you are considering weight-loss surgery, come and meet me at a FREE information evening to find out more and get all your questions answered.

During the evening I will explain the various weight loss treatment options and outcomes that can be achieved, followed by an opportunity for a one-to-one mini consultation to determine your individual suitability for treatment.  You’ll also have an opportunity to talk to people who have already undergone weight loss surgery, hear about their experiences and see the dramatic results other people have enjoyed.

Click on the hospital links above for further details and to book a place at one of these evenings.

Isabelle is now a size ten after weight-loss surgery

After surgery

Isabelle post surgery

Isabelle had weight loss surgery in October 2014 after seeing firsthand the amazing results of her mum’s gastric sleeve operation three years previously.  After a little bit of online research and meeting Mr Agrawal to discuss surgery options she decided on a gastric bypass for herself.  Just a couple of weeks after surgery Isabelle’s weight started to drop and drop and drop from a size 24 in clothes to a ten.  

New study on Weight Loss Surgery and Diabetes reinforces the positive effects of surgery

Weight loss surgery may be a cost-effective way of lowering blood sugar for many diabetics, not just those who are severely obese, a Swedish study suggests.

Researchers found that following weight-loss surgery people with diabetes spent less on healthcare costs and medications.

Though previous research has found that bariatric surgery can lower blood sugar so much that diabetes disappears, clinical guidelines currently only recommend surgery for patients who are extremely obese based on their BMI (Body Mass Index).

Approximately one in nine adults have diabetes, according to the World Health Organisation.  Most have Type 2 diabetes, which happens when the body is unable to properly use or make enough insulin to convert blood sugar into energy. 

“Greater weight should be given to preoperative blood sugar status to help identify the patients who have the most benefit from bariatric surgery,” study co-author Martin Neovius of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm said. “We have shown previously that this makes sense from a health outcomes perspective, and now we show that it makes sense also from an economic perspective.”

The recent study followed 4,030 patients for about 15 years.  Roughly half of them received bariatric surgery and at the start of the study each group included patients without diabetes, some with high blood sugar at risk of developing the disease and others with full-blown diabetes.

The study found that for the diabetics, the costs for the surgery group and the non-surgical group were roughly the same after 15 years, ie the cost of surgery was largely offset by less use of healthcare and lower prescription drug costs.

SOURCE: bit.ly/1NMWy53 and bit.ly/1KBQJ5V The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, online September 16, 2015.

New book released edited by Mr Agrawal and dedicated to obesity management

Book

‘Obesity, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery – A Practical Guide’ offers a comprehensive yet concise summary in the field of obesity and bariatric surgery, making it an excellent manual for a wide range of healthcare professionals including bariatric surgeons, general surgeons, trainees, physicians, anaesthesiologists, dietitians, psychologists, radiologists and nursing staff.  Over 150 experts from 20 countries have contributed to the book covering all aspects of bariatric and metabolic surgery.

“This book is set to become the worldwide reference guide to obesity and bariatric and metabolic surgery” writes British BOMSS President, Mr Roger Ackroyd, in a foreword in the book.

“The expanse and scope of this textbook is immense.  I think this textbook would serve as a useful reference book for the armchair academic, the novice, and the experienced bariatric surgeon” writes Dr Pradeep Chowbey, past-President of IFSO in a foreword in the book.