Today it has been announced that due to the soaring number of cases of type 2 diabetes, the NHS is considering lowering the threshold for gastric band operations. In fact, more than 800,000 additional people could be considered for gastric bands to restrict their eating under the NHS draft guidelines.
The NHS is considering this as they believe it will be more cost effective, as currently about 10% of the NHS budget (approximately 10 billion pounds) is spent on dealing with patients with type 2 diabetes, which although can be genetic is more often caused through a patient being overweight.
However, money is surely not the only consideration here. Although gastric band surgery can lead to dramatic weight loss, and therefore may reduce diabetes, there are still several other issues to consider:
1.As with any surgical procedure, gastric band surgery comes with serious risks and for many following the surgery there can often be complications.
2.For many patients that have a surgical gastric band, there can initially be dramatic weight loss. However, many patients then go on to sabotage the procedure by reverting back to their pre-surgery habits of over eating and eating unhealthily. This in turn will mean that there is the chance that the weight will start pile back on and if you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes this behaviour will only contribute to your diabetes.
3. It is often the psychological aspects of over eating and your relationship with food that needs to be tackled in relation to successfully losing weight and maintaining weight loss, and this is something that gastric band surgery does not address in itself.
I agree with Simon O’Neill, director of health intelligence and professional liaison who states:
“Bariatric surgery should only be considered as a last resort if serious attempts to lose weight have been unsuccessful and if the person is obese.”
So before you decide if this is for you, you may like to consider some alternative, effective non-surgical options to losing weight. If you have dieted without success or have lost weight on a diet, but then put it all back on again and probably even more, then it is likely that there is more of a psychological relationship underpinning your weight issues.
The non-surgical, hypno- gastric band is one option that you may wish to consider at a far reduced cost and without any of the complications involved in surgery. My sessions of the non-surgical hypno-gastric band also include sessions to support you in dealing with the psychological aspects of your weight issues, showing you how to take back control of your eating and how to transform your eating behaviour so that you make lifestyle changes in relation to food and eating. This increases the likelihood of success and reduces the risk of self – sabotage following the hypno – gastric band sessions. For more information about this hypnotic weight loss procedure click on the link GastricBandHypnotherapy .
“It was amazing, after the hypno-band was “inserted” I couldn’t eat like I used to. I felt really full up on a third of what I used to eat.” BG (Nurse)
Additionally, there is always the option of the “Weight Hypnotherapy and You” (WHY) programme, which combines leading edge psychological interventions such as NLP, Integral Eye Movement Therapy, Counselling skills and Hypnotherapy to work with your individual issues around food, dieting and weight, and deals with any personal underlying issues and common issues such as emotional eating, stress related weight gain, bad habits, denial, image distortion and negative behaviour around food. This WHY programme works to give you the tools to change your mindset, motivation and behaviours so that you will lose weight and create a lifestyle that will support you being slimmer and healthier.
Surely, before the NHS starts dolling out gastric band surgery like smarties, would it not be healthier and more cost effective, to invest time and money, working with the psychological issues of weight loss with each patient, supporting them to make changes to their lifestyle and behaviour and starting them on the road of weight loss before considering such a risky surgical intervention?