Study finds weight loss surgery is better than diet and exercise

weight lossA growing body of evidence suggests that weight loss surgery is more effective than diet and exercise at getting rid of type 2 diabetes.

A trial published last week in JAMA Surgery provides the latest evidence showing the superiority of bariatric surgery over lifestyle changes in resolving the chronic condition involving high blood sugar.

In the trial, obese adults were randomly assigned to weight loss surgery or intensive lifestyle intervention and then followed for 3 years. At the end of the trial 40% of those who had received a gastric bypass procedure and 29% who received a gastric band were considered in remission from diabetes and no longer needed to take medication after 3 years. In comparison, no one in the group who received intensive lifestyle intervention resolved their diabetes.

“I do think it adds strongly to the growing body of data that surgery should be considered to treat people with obesity and diabetes,” said Anita Courcoulas who led the study.

Several other studies are also being conducted at the moment so that it can be firmly concluded that surgery is the better option. The American Diabetes Association lists surgery as one option in its 2015 medical care guidelines for diabetic patients with a body-mass index over 35.

If you would like more information about weight loss surgery then contact The Hospital Group. We offer free no obligation consultations.

Britain’s fastest-growing cosmetic surgery trend

In a recent Mail Online article the Abdominoplasty was said to beBritain’s fastest-growing cosmetic surgery trend and has been billed as the ‘ultimate cure for the mum tum’.

According to new research, enquiries into the operation have rocketed by 264% in the past 6 months alone.

This cosmetic procedure, which takes between 2-3 hours in theatre, can also be combined with contouring lipo if required. An abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a procedure that reshapes the stomach and abdomen area to give a slimmer trimmer profile.

Tummy tucks have long been a popular choice with women wanting to erase the loose skin and puckered stretch marks that are often the legacy of stretch marks.

“This procedure is becoming more and more popular, especially for women after giving birth. Some women find their abdominal muscles and tissue are so stretched they will never return to normal – even if they spend hours in the gym,” said a cosmetic surgeon.

“The only way to regain their pre-pregnancy appearance is to undergo an abdominoplasty. For women who want to get back into a bikini, it can be an excellent solution.”

Are you interested in abdominoplasty surgery? Have a look at our patient stories here.

If you would like more information then please contact  The Hospital Group, we offer free no obligation consultations with GMC registered surgeons.

Jenni Murray reveals how she managed to lose two stone in two weeks

weight loss surgeryAfter beating breast cancer Jenni Murray decided she needed to lose weight to stay healthier. She had been frequently warned by her doctor that obesity posed a great risk to her health. So Jenni decided to undergo a gastric sleeve procedure.

“It’s something I’ve long thought about after witnessing the positive effects of gastric bands on colleagues Vanessa Feltz and Fern Britton.”

The radio 4 star admits that her husband and their two sons were initially against the idea as they were worried about her going under the knife again. But she was convinced that this was something she needed to do and now after having the procedure is happy with her decision.

“I’m convinced it was the right decision for me. Two weeks after the op, I’m surprised how little pain there’s been – only a slight grumbling sensation as if hungry and five tiny scars covered in plasters.

“Two stone has simply fallen away. The weight loss will slow as I move from liquid and purees to a proper diet as the stomach heals. However, I would hope to have lost half my original weight of 20 stone within the year.”

Over the years Jenni has tried every diet going. She’s consumed cabbage soup in large quantities, cut out carbohydrates and a few years ago did actually lose 7 stone. The only problem was that she put it back on.

“It’s a miserable life being constantly in a battle with your own body. You walk, you swim, you do yoga and Pilates and still you gain weight.”

If you struggle with your weight and would like more information on weight loss surgery then please contact The Hospital Group. We offer free, no obligation consultations.

Woman sheds 12st and finds love

A 27 year old woman from West Sussex saw her weight drop from 26 stone to 14 stone in 18 months after having a gastric band.

Lucy’s binge eating started in childhood after her grandmother’s death. Her increasing dependency on comfort eating caused her weight to spiral out of control by the time she reached her twenties.

“Whenever I was said, afraid or worried, I’d eat to make myself feel better. Of course it never worked. It was a vicious circle.”

She finally decided to take action after being taunted by a group of teenagers about her size.

“To see those teenagers pointing and giggling at me was just so hurtful. I knew then that I couldn’t spend the rest of my life like that.”

After advice from her GP she decided to have gastric band surgery privately in October 2012. The weight started falling off and in the first year after the operation she lost a staggering nine stone. She then lost another 3 stone in the six months that followed.

After loosing the weight her confidence grew and she even started online dating and her dreams of a happy life came true when she met her partner, Damian.

“I genuinely felt amazing and for the first time, I felt like I deserved to find love. At last I had the confidence to get out there and start enjoying life.”

“Losing 12 stone has not only given me a new lease of life, it has also led me to love and I don’t plan to ever go back.”

If you struggle with your weight and would like more information about weight loss surgery then please contact The Hospital Group.

Will Sofia Vergara have breast surgery?

Modern Family star Sofia Vergara revealed that cosmetic surgery on her breasts may be in the not-too-distant future.

The 42 year old had previously stated that she wished she had ‘fake boobs’ and recently on a chat show she was not afraid to admit that a boob job is something she’s eventually planning to get done.

“Yeah, eventually I am going to have to have it. Something’s going to have to be done. It’s going to be really uncomfortable to walk with them hitting my knees.”

Since 2010, Sofia has spoke about her 32F chest and that this was a body part that she wasn’t always happy with and has even suggested having a breast reduction in the past.

Sofia – who often favours strapless designer gowns – has become known for her bombshell figure both on screen and on the red carpet. The mother-of-one confessed that her favourite asset was her eyes and that she did prefer her cleavage to her derriere.

If you are interested in breast surgery then contact The Hospital Group. We offer free, no obligation consultations with GMC registered surgeons.

Kylie Jenner comes clean about lip enhancement

Kylie Jenner’s new sensational pout has been one of the most talked about topics over the last few months. It even started a phase on Instagram with her fans trying to copy her pout.

On a recent episode of Keeping Up With Kardashians the reality star admitted that her lips were completely real.

“I have temporary lip fillers, it’s just an insecurity of mine and it’s what I wanted to do.”

She then added that being a reality star is not easy.

“Everyone always picks us apart. I want to admit to the lips but people are so quick to judge me on everything, so I might have tiptoed around the truth, but I didn’t lie.”

In the episode that revealed the truth about Kylie’s new lips, Khloe Kardashian and friend Malika supported Kylie while she confessed all.

“Kylie decided to plump her lips, and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that,” Kylie’s big sister said.

If you are interested in lip enhancement treatment or any other non surgical treatments then please contact The Hospital Group.

Weight loss surgery doesn’t just help with weight loss

Obesity has become an epidemic all over the world and has almost quadrupled to around one billion since 1980 says a report from a UK think tank. In the UK alone 64% of adults are classed as being overweight or obese.

Obesity is defined as having a body mass index of greater than 30, a BMI of over 40 is classed as morbidly obese. Your BMI is a calculated ratio of how tall a person is to how much they weigh.

Many health problems are directly linked to obesity including high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and respiratory problems such as sleep apnoea and asthma.

Research study’s have shown that weight loss surgery, not only helps with weight loss, but can also play a vital role in the treatment of these health problems.

A study conducted by Monash University has shown that there is a strong relationship between the amount of weight loss and the remission of diabetes. It clearly showed that the successful ways of reducing weight, such as a gastric band, should have priority in the treatment of diabetes.

Another recent study found that patients also experience a better quality of life and positive psychological changes after undergoing weight loss surgery. A researcher at the National University of Distance Education (UNED) analysed the co-relation between quality of life and weight loss. The quality of life was determined by both the psychological and physical aspects that change post surgery.

Other examples include a lower risk of asthma flare-up for patients who underwent bariatric surgery and also better results for joint replacement surgery if weight loss surgery had been carried out before.

If you feel like weight loss surgery may be something you would like to consider, then The Hospital Group offers a range of weight loss surgery. Contact us now for a free, no obligation consultation with a bariatric surgeon.

Couple celebrates first anniversary with Non Surgical treatments

A couple from Glasgow celebrate their first year anniversary with a trip to a cosmetic surgery clinic to have his’n’her Botox injections.

Tracey, who has just turned 40, felt in need of a lift and felt her worry lines made her look puzzled. So she opted for Botox in her forehead and fillers in her lips and jowls. Partner Stephen, 47, felt that his frown lines made him look angry so he also had Botox in his forehead and filler in his jowls.

The pair, who met through internet dating last year, both feel their looks have been given a boost and feel they have a “new beginning in an older body”.

“There was nothing that we really wanted as usual presents. Stephen was asking me what I would really want. Then I thought I haven’t had Botox for a while so he booked us in and said he’d get me some for a present.”

“Stephen thinks my lips are brilliant – much more kissable which has now committed me to having them done every year as I don’t want to go back to skinny lips.”

Tracey is now wondering what she might ask for on the couple’s second anniversary.

If you are interested in Non Surgical treatments then contact The Hospital Group.

Just imagine a life without shaving

Laser hair removal may not be the first thing that comes to mind when finding a way to keep your skin smooth and stubble-free for summer. Even though it requires more planning then just buying razors and shaving cream, laser hair removal does have some spectacular benefits.

Does it work for everyone?

Technically, yes. Any person can be treated as long as his or her skin can take the intensity of the laser

Why is it better than waxing?

In short: fewer treatments, way longer results. Waxing requires monthly maintenance, and each time, the hair must be long enough to be waxed. For laser, we say on average each area requires 3-6 treatments to achieve permanent results.

What does laser hair removal feel like?

When the pulse of light is delivered, some patients experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. However, this is generally quite minimal.

Which areas can be treated?

You can get laser hair removal on most areas of your face and body. The most popular areas are legs, bikini, underarms and arms.

Is there anything I should avoid post-treatment?

Following treatment you can return to normal activities right away, but some redness may occur. The use of sun cream is recommended on any treated areas exposed to the sun.

If you are interested in Laser Hair Removal then please contact The Hospital Group.

Singer Iggy Azalea admits to secret breast surgery

In a new interview with Vogue Iggy Azalea has admitted that she’s undergone cosmetic surgery and had a secret boob job four months ago.

When asked what she would change about her figure, Iggy said:

“I did change something: Four months ago, I got bigger boobs! I’d thought about it my entire life.”

The 24 year old was reportedly fed up of having to have extra padding put into her stage costumes and wanted to wear lingerie without underwire.

The blonde star didn’t want to reveal her breast surgery secret and discuss it in public because she was concerned about her impressionable fans and didn’t want to make them body conscious.

If you are interested in Breast Surgery then please contact The Hospital Group. We offer free, no obligation consultations with GMC registered surgeons.