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What are the chances of getting a gastric band on the nhs?

By January 14, 2011 - 7:02am
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I would obviously prefer to be in a position where I could pay for this myself but I am not and I feel that gastric banding would be the best thing for me. I am overweight. My BMI is 37 or more now. I haven't been on the scales for a while but at last count I was 17 1/2 stones. I have been on a diet all my life it seems. I started when I was eight. My lowest adult weight was 10 stones which I kept to in my twenties through diet and exercise. I was actually addicted to exercise.

I have put on the most weight after having a child 8 years ago. I am actually heavier now than at the end of my pregnancy. I was 15 stones then, so my weight has gone up. I have tried everything to get my weight down, but the lowest weight I got to was 15 1/2 stones, a few years ago. I am suffering depression, and aching knees. My knees are very painful when I go upstairs. I am also suffering from stress incontinence, and gastric reflux. I think these are all due to the obesity. Also I am now working, I cannot get my confidence back and have been prescribed anti-depressants. Is there a chance that I would be considered for bariatric surgery do you think?

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Hi Julesw,
Thank you for your question and for finding EmpowHER. Not being from the UK, I'm not sure the exact requirements for bariatric surgery there. I did locate this organization that may help though, check it out:
In regard to the stress incontinence, have you been treated for that? Here is information about the condition, including therapies/possible treatments: Urinary Incontinence
Finally, are you under the care of a therapist for your depression, or involved in group talk therapy? It can be very beneficial, and also in regard to your weight. It may help to get to the root of the problem, and deal with it so you can be healthy all-around with or without surgery.
What do you think?
Good luck and let us know what you find out or if you need help locating alternate resources.

January 14, 2011 - 9:43am
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