"For over 20 years i have been dieting whether that's been simply counting calories, no carbs, juice diet,hypnosis,5:2, any and EVERY latest fad diet out there and I've even tried taking diet pills. I'm guessing if you're reading this, you have done the same. I had Gastric Sleeve surgery just over a year ago and i have lost almost 8 stone! To say I'm over the moon would be an understatement. My surgeon Mr Khera, dietician Caroline Laidlaw and all the staff at Montefiore Hospital were kind and helpful throughout my weight loss journey. What i would say though, to whoever is considering weight loss surgery, you must remember every and any surgery comes with risks. In particular Gastric Sleeve surgery is irreversible. It's very easy to get caught up in the desperation of it all (especially like me if you've been trying to lose weight for at least two decades). Surgery in my opinion must always be a last resort, and surprisingly it is as much of a mental challenge as it is physical. So talk it through thoroughly with your surgeon, dietician & loved ones and you'll know deep down if this is right for you. This surgery was right for me and if i could go back in time i would do it again as I've lost over 100lbs aswell as gained years back on my life."
"A very positive experience from start to finish of a life changing procedure! Highly professional and skilful from the beginning Pre op consultations with dieticians, Dr Khera's nurses and very helpful professional admin staff (Especially Dr Khera's secretary Carmela)! This high standard carried through the procedure and post operative care as well. From the admin staff through to Dr Khera including the Dietician, Matron and all the nursing staff with care, attentiveness, knowledge and experience made a potential very nervous time a reassuring life changing experience. Thank you so much!!!"
"I had been fighting with my weight and my relationship with food for over a decade. My body had come to a place where walking up a flight of stairs had become a challenge and the idea of flying somewhere filled me with fear that I would not fit in the seat. I was not able to keep up with my 9 year old son and was tired all of the time. I had tried numerous diets which all worked in the short term but my habits would eventually return and I would become bigger than when I started. The decision to take the step to have gastric surgery was not made lightly; I felt that it was time to take responsibility of what was happening before it got any worse.
I visited Dr Khera in July 2015, he was honest and clear about all the pros and cons surrounding the three options that were available to me. Together, we felt, that the gastric sleeve was the most appropriate for my needs. Dr Khera highlighted the importance of psychological wellness when embarking on this life changing journey. As such, I was assessed by a psychologist to ensure that I was emotionally and psychologically ready. Alongside this, he referred me to the dietician who explained how my diet was going to be in the coming months and supported me through the gruelling pre op milk diet.
In addition to the excellent service around, diet support, psychological assessment and explaining the operation itself was the patient care. I feel, that the standard of care was directly due to the extra mile that the both Dr Khera and the matron went to ensure my constant confidence and comfort. They were both always available to talk me; being kind, approachable and really empathised with the emotional side of having this sort of elective surgery.
These first appointments assured me that I was in the right place, with the right people, who I knew would put my comfort and safety at the centre of the service.
When the day of the operation came the team did everything they could to ensure that I felt comfortable. The room was lovely and had all I could possibly need to make my stay as pleasant as possible. The personal service I received from both Dr Khera and his team made my inpatient experience fantastic. Dr Khera, personally checked how I was feeling several times during the process, which made a world of difference. When I returned home Dr Khera was still available to me – including replying to an evening text message on a Sunday!
I am continuing to have excellent care and support from Dr Khera and his team with regular visits and text messages. I have lost 40kg since August 2015 and it is still dropping at a comfortable rate. I exercise daily which has given me more energy and my quality of life has improved dramatically. My son is much happier with his brighter energised mother
The quality of care, the environment, the communication and the overall service was outstanding. The success of the operation is clearly unquestionable as I have now gone from a size 24 to a 14 and I'm feeling like a new person. All this is the result of the wonderful work of Dr Khera and his team ."
"I feel I have to write a paragraph or two about my experience at the Brighton Bariatric Unit at the Montefiore Hospital. I have suffered for years with a weight problem and it began to affect my health and my quality of life.
I did a lot of research regarding weight lose surgery and had contacted several Bariatric Surgeons of whom there was quite a few. But none came up to scratch until I made an appointment to see Mr Goldie Khera, Consultant General and Laproscopic Surgeon, specialising in Bariatric Surgery in Brighton. I did not have to wait long for my first appointment which was about an hour in total. Doctor Khera was an extremely professional and caring person. Advised me about all the pros and cons involved with the type of surgery I wanted. However, it was not a case of a wee chat then hop onto the operating table No. First of all I had to meet with a psychiatrist who asked many many questions in order to make sure that I was mentally ready for a life changing operation. Then it was an appointment with HPC Registered Dietician. Then all three got together to discuss my case file Only then when all three where happy I was given a date for the operation. I then had to met with the Matron of the ward I was to be on and she covered all the things that I needed to know about my stay in hospital.
I was quoted a sum for the operation after care medicines and a two year follow up and there has been no other hidden costs.
I was given a lot of information as to what is involved with Sleeve Gastrectomy operation which I duly read and found a little daunting at first but certainly did not put me off the surgery.
The day came and I was escorted to my room for my three day stay in hospital. Private room TV wifi, lovely bathroom with all the toiletries dressing gown slippers, like a hotel really. Oh must not forget the brilliant coffee machine that my husband enjoyed. Towards the middle of the morning I had a visit from the Anaesthetist who advised me of the procedure that I was going to go through later on in the day.
I walked down to the operating theatre which I thought was a great idea, made you feel at ease well it did me and chatted away with the lovely nurse that escorted me to theatre. Once there i hoped onto the table and to be honest that is all that I remember.
When I awoke back in my room I felt a little pain but nothing really to complain about as I had pain relief if need be. The nurses in this hospital are second to none, so helpful caring loving and a great to chat to. I have to say that they really where the best.
Mr Khera visited me several times during my stay as did the Anaesthetist. Also was visited three times a day by a lovely Irish gentleman who bought lovely food menu, but i was not in the mood to try any of the delicious food out but they offer a facility should any of your visitors need something to eat something can be rustled up.
I have not experienced any problems since having this operation and I am so pleased that I have had the sleeve gastrectomy.
But it does not end there, there are several follow up appointments for two years from the day of the operation. I have had two follow ups with Mr Khera and he is very happy with my progress as is my Dietician. If I should have any worries about anything Mr Goldie Khera is on the end of a telephone as is my Dietician.
I am truly over the moon about my surgery and how well I was treated, and cannot recommend Mr Khera high enough.
Already my life has changed for the better, and I cant thank Mr Goldie Khera for making it all possible."
“I attended The Montefiore Hospital in August 2015 to have the Gastric Sleeve surgery. Prior to the surgery I had met with Goldie Khera and the dietician to discuss the procedure and dietary requirements. Mr Khera is a fantastic consultant and surgeon who understood my situation perfectly and suggested the appropriate surgery for me to undertake. I felt at ease and confident of success.
The dietician and other members of the team were all friendly and helpful. The facilities and care both pre op and post op were the best I had ever experienced. The post op after-care was not intrusive but entirely supportive. Prior to surgery I had contacted other bariatric units that were ultimately cheaper, however the level of professionalism was highest with Mr Khera’s team. It was the best decision I had ever made as the results I have post op are fantastic. Recovery is taking longer than I expected but I feel so much healthier now and ready to enjoy the rest of my life to the fullest.
My deepest gratitude goes out to Mr Khera and the rest of his team for ensuring I received the best care and advice possible.”