Bariatric surgery is surgery designed to aid weight loss. As such it can be an extremely successful method of losing weight though is not to be entered into lightly. It should always only be contemplated after the extensive use of other methods of weight loss and will a full knowledge of the potential risks. We are firm believers in the benefit of follow-up following surgery and there is a well attended support group for our patients, based at Spire hospital.
Further information is available from the Spire Hospital Obesity nurse specialists, Amanda Pulford and Tracy Fenner or from these downloadable PDFs:
The criteria for appropriate use of the above surgical procedures has been through international review. In the UK, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) have published the following eligibility criteria for NHS bariatric surgery. Surgery should be considered if all of the following conditions are met:
- The person has a BMI of 40 kg/m2 or more, OR a BMI of 35 to 40 kg/m2 plus other significant disease that could be improved with weight loss
- Non-surgical measures have failed to achieve or maintain clinically beneficial weight loss for at least 6 months
- The person has been receiving or will receive intensive management in a specialist obesity service, such as psychological support