Weight Loss Surgery
Vale Healthcare offers tailored weight loss surgery options, including Gastric Banding, Gastric Sleeve and the Gastric Balloon.
At Cardiff and South Wales' leading private clinic and private hospital - the Vale Hospital - you are assured of comprehensive care and a tailored treatment for weight loss. From the first moment you call one of our specialist advisors, through to your surgery and after-care we are dedicated to providing the optimal solution for your weight loss goals, be it a gastric band, gastic sleeve, or a gastric balloon. Our number one priority is tailoring our service to your needs, ensuring that you have all the information that you need to make an informed choice, and helping you to meet your weight loss goals.
Weight loss surgery is becoming an increasingly popular choice, and there are numerous providers of these procedures, with the quality and patient care varying between each organisation.
At Vale Healthcare we offer a gold-standard service, which is consultant led, supported by experienced professionals, and delivered from a location with exceptional facilities. It’s essential to make the right choice, not just of your treatment but of the people you’re trusting to perform it.
Weight Loss procedures available at Vale Healthcare:
How does the Weight Loss Surgery Clinic work?
The first step is contacting one of our specialist weight loss surgery advisors. You will be able to discuss your options, including the procedures that are available at Vale Healthcare - Gastric Banding, Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Balloons. Our staff will aim to provide you with specialist advice and guidance before you make a consultation with one of our weight loss surgery consultant surgeons.
Appointments with our weight loss consultant surgeons are available weekly, with all initial appointments taking place at the Vale Hospital. You will be able to meet with a consultant surgeon who can fully discuss your options in relation to which weight loss procedures are available to you, and how your treatment at Vale Healthcare will work.
During your weight loss consulation you will be asked to complete a pre-operative questionnaire, which is used to assess your medical history, co-morbid conditions, your current eating habits, and the previous diet methods you have explored. At this stage of consultation you will also meet with our specialist Bariatric Dietician.
You will also undergo a pre-operative assessment to assess your appropriateness for weight loss surgery such as gastric band, gastric sleeve or gastic balloon insertion. This will include meeting with members of Vale Healthcare's multi-disciplinary weight loss team including a specialist weight loss surgery nurse, a dietician and a psychologist specialising in this field.
If you proceed through to surgery then you may be asked to undergo a pre-operative liver shrinking diet, 2 weeks prior to your surgery. This will be discussed in full with your surgeon and dietician before any treatment progresses.
- All weight loss surgery (e.g. gastric banding and gastric sleeves) takes place at the Vale Hospital, just 15 minutes from Cardiff, which has 25 private bedrooms with en-suite, and around the clock sepcialist nursing care, ensuring that you have the very best in after-care following your procedure.
- All non-surgical weight loss treatments are performed at our Cardiff Bay Clinic, which is conviniently located in the heart of Cardiff Bay and easily accessible from the M4 from acros South Wales.
Our multi-disciplinary team will then work with you post-surgery to help you to meet your weight loss goals.
The multi-disciplinary weight loss team at Vale Healthcare
At Vale Healthcare we approach weight loss surgery as a long-term partnership between our team and you. This includes fully comprehensive after-care and plans to ensure that you make the right decision and achieve your goals.
Our specialist team at Cardiff Bay Clinic and the Vale Hospital near Cardiff , South Wales, is led by specialist weight loss Consultant Surgeons, and supported by:
- A dietician specialising in weight loss and post-surgery care
- A psychologist specialising in weight loss and post-surgery
- A specialist weight-loss surgery nurse
- A weight loss physician - if appropriate.
Our lead bariatric nurse also organises and hosts a regular bariatric forum - where patients can meet to share experiences and learn from each other and experts on how to manage their weight post-surgery. Find out more…
Weight loss surgery treatments available at Vale Healthcare
All our weight loss surgery treatments are performed laparoscopically (through key-hole surgery), which minimises the risks of surgery and shortens recovery time.
Gastric Banding (laparoscopic)
Gastric Banding is a type of weight loss surgery in which the size of the stomach is reduced using a band. This means that only small meals can such be eaten before feeling full.
The gastric band procedure is performed under general anaeshetic at the Vale Hospital, and usually takes less than one hour. Patients usually stay for one night in hospital.
Gastric Ballooning (laparoscopic)
The gastric balloon is a temporary weight loss solution, which is usually used as part of a greater weight loss plan.
The gastric balloon is swallowed via a long tube, and then once in place it is filled with a saline solution. The balloon reduces the size of the stomach, thus making the patient feel full.
The gastric balloon can be used for up to 6 months, at which stage it would be removed.
The Gastric Sleeve procedure is a restrictive procedure, which is normally performed laparoscopically. It can be performed as a stand alone procedure, or as part of a two-stage plan (prior to further weight loss surgery).
The gastric sleeve reduces the stomach capacity by approx. 80%, and divides the stomach vertically from top to bottom. This reduces the capacity of the stomach, whilst retaining it's normal function, and allows you to eat smaller meals and feel full for longer.
The gastric band procedure is performed under general anaeshetic at the Vale Hospital, and usually takes between 30 minutes and one hour. Patients usually stay for one night in hospital.
Frequency asked questions
We aim to answer all your questions before, during and after any consultations and treatment.
Weight loss surgery clinic - What to do next?
- Find out more about our specialist weight loss consultant surgeons
- Visit our Weight Loss FAQs page
- More information about Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Make an appointment at the Weight Loss Surgery Clinic
- Our weight loss procedures - Gastric Banding
- Our weight loss procedures - Gastric Sleeve
- Our weight loss procedures - Gastric Balloons