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Olivia Coates's story

Olivia Coates's story

Gastric Band Conversion to Gastric Bypass

Olivia, had a gastric band in 2012 but chose to have a gastric bypass in 2017 after experiencing problems with her left shoulder.

“Along with shoulder issues, I also couldn’t quite get the restriction right, so after discussing my options with The Hospital Group weight loss surgery support team, I decided to go ahead with the bypass and I had my surgery in May 2017.

Olivia is no stranger to The Hospital Group and has had numerous procedures there, both surgical and non-surgical, therefore making it the obvious choice for her gastric bypass operation.

“I had a consultation with my surgeon and was in regular contact with the weight loss surgery support team up until my procedure. Everybody was extremely helpful and knowledgeable which gave me confidence in my decision.

“My pre-op appointment was quick and easy, it went very well and I was cleared for surgery for the next week. The Hospital Group staff put me at ease and I felt minimal nerves walking down to the operating theatre. I thought the recovery was going to be worse than what it was, the nurses were amazing, really supportive and reassuring. I was able to walk and move around about six hours after the surgery and was back at work within 10 days.

“Since the procedure, my life has changed dramatically! It’s been under a year since my surgery and I have already moved out of home in Norfolk and am now living in London. I have had the confidence to take my career to the next level and I am just absolutely living it up compared to this time last year!

“I didn’t tell many people that I was having a gastric bypass done, only my mum and a couple of friends knew. I was slightly worried about the judgement, but once the weight started to drop off I felt confident enough to tell people what I had had done and it turned out I had nothing to worry about. Everyone was so supportive and understanding and most of all, proud of me for being so brave to take the plunge!

“If I had to say anything to anyone out there thinking of having cosmetic or weight loss surgery, it would be, do it! I cannot stress how much this surgery has changed my life, I am a different person to what I was this time last year, happier, confident and more importantly healthier! I cannot wait to see what my future will bring - Thank you THG!

See the results

Olivia Coates's before and after

Meet Olivia Coates's surgeon

Mr Richardson qualified in Medicine in 1989. His specialist training has focused on banding, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy placements.

He has attended courses in both Europe and the USA furthering his experience and knowledge in bariatric surgery.