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Weight loss surgery at the Benenden Hospital in Kent

Did you know that included in the recent redevelopment at Benenden Hospital, Kent, is a bespoke weight-loss surgery unit?

Overseen by Ahmed Hamouda, a bariatric – or weight-loss – consultant, the unit works with specialist consultants and nursing staff, including dieticians and counsellors, to help patients find the most appropriate weight-loss treatment.

Hamouda said: “Success relies on the patient undergoing a lifestyle change and demands a commitment to pursue weight loss through an agreed pathway.”

After a consultation, some patients with a high body mass index (BMI) can choose surgical intervention.

Benenden Hospital offers two types of bariatric keyhole surgery:

  • A gastric band procedure involves placing an inflatable loop around the top of the stomach to restrict the amount of food that can be consumed and gives the recipient the feeling of being full.

  • Alternatively, a sleeve gastrectomy removes around 75 to 80% of the stomach, restricting the amount that can be consumed and quickly giving a feeling of being full.

The big difference is that while a gastric band can be reversed, a gastrectomy cannot.

Hamouda said: “If you are considering weight-loss surgery, it is important to discuss all aspects of the surgery and your expectations with the team. The best outcomes are achieved when your medical history, lifestyle and needs are taken into consideration for a tailored approach.”

Weight-loss treatment is not covered under Benenden membership. However, members receive an exclusive preferential rate equivalent to a 10% discount on the full, self-paying price when using this service at Benenden Hospital.

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