NHS figures show 30 fold increase in obesity ops in last decade

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As the NHS reveals its latest statistics on obesity, London-based private weight loss surgery providers Bodycraft Weight Loss explain that despite the rising tide of obesity, only relatively few can expect surgery on the NHS.

The NHS 2010-11 figures have now been published, showing the growing impact of obesity in the UK.

With a full decade of statistics available, figures show that obesity ops have risen from 261 weight loss operations in 2000-1 to a staggering 8,087 in 2010-11. This equates to a staggering 2,998% increase in just ten years. In fact, weight loss ops have risen by 12% in just the last year.

Although weight loss surgery (including gastric band, gastric bypass, sleeve or stomach stapling) is a relatively new discipline, the explanation for the rise in these figures lies more in the rising tide of obesity.

Nearly a quarter of UK adults are now classified as being obese and it has been predicted that over the next ten years this will rise to 40%. In fact, we have been officially declared the fattest nation in Europe. Over 60% of UK adults are now considered overweight. And sadly, the obesity crisis continues to worsen.

The strain on the NHS is not only visible in the rising numbers of obesity surgery admissions, but also in the numbers of patients whose main diagnosis was obesity. In 2000-1, obesity accounted for just over 1,000 hospital admissions. In 2010-11 it had rocketed to 11,574.

Despite the increasing numbers of NHS weight loss surgery procedures, the availability remains woefully inadequate for thousands of patients in clinical need of assistance; especially taking into account that nearly 20% of NHS weight loss surgery procedures were actually for maintenance of an existing gastric band, so only 6,643 new patients were helped last year.

A spokesperson for London-based Bodycraft Weight Loss, said: 'The number of procedures completed on the NHS has certainly risen fast over recent years and done tremendous good helping severely and morbidly obese patients who needed assistance to control their weight. However, unfortunately the provision of surgery is insufficient to meet the rising need for assistance. We see many patients who have been refused weight loss surgery on the NHS and are desperate to address their weight issues once and for all.'

Critics suggest that patients should simply eat less and start exercise. However, that can be harder than in sounds.
Bodycraft explains ‘Once your weight increases above certain thresholds, it becomes almost impossible to maintain weight loss. When the right procedure is chosen, it can achieve weight loss in almost 100 per cent of cases. The outcomes result in an improved quality of life with a sense of release from the problems of weight gain.’

Bodycraft offer a full range of weight loss surgery procedures, including the gastric band, bypass and sleeve, as well as the non-surgical gastric balloon. Patients are supported before, during and after surgery by professional and dedicated dietitians, nurses and counsellors to ensure they get the best results from surgery.

For further information or to request a confidential consultation with a bariatric surgeon, Bodycraft’s advisors can be contacted on freephone 0800 862 0343, info(at)bodycraftweightloss(dot)co(dot)uk.
http://www.bodycraftweightloss.co.uk for further information.

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