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Weight loss and bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, refers to operations designed to reduce weight. These operations work by restricting the amount you are able to eat and/or reducing the amount of food you can absorb.

The term does not include procedures for surgical removal of body fat such as liposuction or abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).

The two most widely performed procedures are the adjustable gastric band and the gastric bypass. All operations are usually performed laparoscopically (by keyhole surgery), which will help you to get up and around and back to normal as soon as possible after surgery.

Post-op support

We offer individual appointments every Tuesday with the dietitian and bariatric nurse, 5-6pm at Melrose House, Centre for Diabetes & Endocrinology. These appointments are not designed to replace your regular clinic visits but to offer extra support to help you learn to live effectively after weight loss surgery.

To book an appointment, please ring 0118 322 8811 after 9am on the day. We cannot take bookings for these sessions in advance and appointments will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You will be seen sometime between 5pm and 6pm and there may be up to a 45-minute maximum wait.

Support Group Sessions

These are group sessions open to all weight loss surgery patients, held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month following the short-notice clinic at Melrose House. They are led by our psychologist and are ideal if you’re struggling with your weight or just want to meet other people. All sessions are drop-in so no need to book. Each session is from 6-7pm at Melrose House.

Useful contacts

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
London Road
Reading RG1 5AN

0118 322 5111


    Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust,
    London Road,
    RG1 5AN
    Email us
    Tel: 0118 322 5111