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Bariatric services

Bariatric surgery at UHNM has gone from strength to strength over the last few years and has been known as the 'North Midlands Institute of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery' (NMIMBS) since 2017. 

We are proud to be performing over 350 – 400 operations per year in the field of bariatric (weight loss) and metabolic surgery.

We cover a population of over 2.5 million people, providing services to the regions of Staffordshire (Stoke, Stafford, Cannock), Cheshire (East, West, Mid and South Cheshire) and Wolverhampton.

A specialised team of over 15 bariatric anesthetists with a wide range of experience provide perioperative care to our patients. 

The high dependency unit (HDU) and intensive care unit (ITU) at Royal Stoke are used when needed. 

Our team of specialist bariatric dieticians are involved in preparing patients for surgery prior to the operation and continuing care to enable optimal outcomes until two years after surgery.

Each patient will have a named specialist nurse who will be their main point of contact and will oversee progress through the pathway.

Our surgeons perform primary and revisional bariatric surgery from within and outside the region. Each patient is cared for by a multidisciplinary team and appropriate treatment/surgery offered when appropriate.

The main type of surgeries we offer are as follows:

  • Laparoscopic Roux Y Gastric bypass (LRYGB)

  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomies

  • Laparoscopic One Anastomosis Gastric Bypass

  • Laparoscopic Band to Bypass

  • Laparoscopic Sleeve to Bypass procedure

  • Removal of Gastric Bands ( Insertion of gastric band not offerred)

The team at UHNM are one of the very few in the country offering a bariatric consultant-led emergency service 365 days-a-year. A bariatric consultant from the team is available for referrals from GPs and A&E departments. Patients who are discharged after bariatric surgery also have the option of visiting the surgical assessment unit without any referral from GPs/A&E portals for up to two weeks after any planned bariatric surgery.

Although we do not perform or offer gastric bands, our radiology team are experts in adjustment of bands (instilling/removing fluid) under X-ray guidance for patients who have had procedures done elsewhere.

Outpatient clinics for new and follow-up patients are conducted in the following locations:

  • Stoke on Trent (Royal Stoke University Hospital)
  • Stafford (County Hospital)
  • Chester (Countess of Chester Hospitals)
  • Wolverhampton (Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals)
  • Liverpool (Aintree University Hospitals)

All patients are assessed by a multidisciplinary team consisting of surgeons, endocrinologists, specialist nurses, and a specialist bariatric dietetic team. 

Further appointments with the anaesthetic team, psychologists, respiratory physicians, cardiologists and nephrologists are made on clinical need within the trust.