Obesity Surgery Rates Soar

The number of NHS operations for obesity has increased rapidly since 2000, according to new research.

238 patients in England had the procedure to reduce the size of their stomach in 2000, however in 2007 the umber had soared to 2,543 according to figures by the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

In 2003/04 showed there were 480 procedures which rose rapidly to 4,246 in 2008/9.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends surgery to be carried out only on the "morbidly obese", however patients must try diets and excercise first.

Researchers from Imperial College London put the rapid rise rise down to an increase in awareness of so-called "bariatric surgery".

The report said: "Bariatric surgery has increased exponentially in England in recent years.

"In conjunction with the growing level of obesity, as patients become more aware of surgery as a viable treatment option, demand for surgery among morbidly obese patients increases."

Patients selected for gastric band surgery had lower post surgery mortality and readmission rates and a shorter stay than those selected for a gastric bypass.


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