Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust

Information For Patients

Bradford Bariatric Service (Weight Loss Surgery)

For people with excess weight that can cause serious health problems, weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) may be an option. This website will help you better understand the procedures, determine if you're a good candidate and share experiences from patients who've had weight loss surgery. 

General Information

Obesity increases the risk of many physical and mental illnesses, including heart and circulation problems, respiratory conditions, diabetes, gastrointestinal conditions, and some cancers.

For those patients with severe obesity (who have a body mass index above 35) and co-morbidity or morbid obesity (who have a body mass index above 40) surgery is the only proven method of weight loss in both the short and long term.  It can also effectively treat or improve many of the conditions listed above.

Some weight loss operations work by reducing the amount of food you eat. These are called restrictive operations and the gastric band and sleeve gastrectomy are the main restrictive operations.  Other weight loss operations work by reducing the absorption of the food that you eat. These are called malabsorptive operations. Operations such as a gastric bypass and a duodenal switch work by a combination of restrictive and malabsorptive methods, both reducing the amount of food you eat and the absorption of this food.

For the majority of patients the choice of operation lies between a laparoscopic gastric bypass (bypass) and laparoscopic gastric band (band). Patients opting for the bypass will tend to lose a little more weight and do not require the post-operative adjustments that are necessary after a band has been fitted.  However, the band is a smaller operation and some individuals are well-suited to it. 

A successful result is as much dependent on the patient as it is on the surgeon. However, if you are fully committed to the pre and post-operative dietary measures and exercise advice then you have the best chance of gaining the expected benefits. As a guide, you should lose around 70 – 80 % of your excess weight after a bypass and slightly less (perhaps 60 – 70 %) after a band. 

Like most bariatric surgical programs we follow the guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).  It states that surgery can be considered if you have a body mass index greater than 40, or over 35 if you have complications associated with obesity. In addition to this, patients need to be well enough for the anaesthetic and surgery.  Also you need to have tried some other approaches to weight loss including dieting, exercise programs, weight management classes nd drug therapy. Patients must be non-smokers.

Contact Numbers

Dawn Stephenson, Business Manager for Acute Surgery

01274 28 2488



BRI/SLH and Yorkshire Clinic

Service(s) provided

  • Consultation with Consultant Upper GI Surgeon
  • Dietary advice before, during and after surgery
  • Access to psychology support and other specialists as necessary and appropriate
  • A full range of keyhole surgical procedures ( laparoscopic bypass,  laparoscopic band,  laparoscopic sleave etc) performed by Consultant Surgeons
  • Surgery can be provided at both the BRI and Yorkshire Clinic
  • Comprehensive follow up appointments after surgery with input from a Dietician and other specialists as required
  • We can offer surgery within 18 weeks of referral

Consultants and other key staff

Mr James Halstead, Consultant Upper GI Surgeon

Mr John May,  Consultant Upper GI Surgeon

Mr Jay Gokhale,  Consultant Upper GI Surgeon

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