Weight Loss (Bariatric) Surgery

Weight loss (bariatric) surgery is a new and growing surgical specialty. Being overweight and obese is one of the most significant health problems in the Western World. The numbers of individuals with this condition are growing exponentially. It is estimated that 30% of adults in the UK are currently obese and this is expected to double in the next 40 years. The treatment of obesity currently costs the health economy more than £5 billion per year. Obesity is associated with many physical and mental health problems and significantly shortens life expectancy (see below). Dieting and increasing exercise may allow some weight loss, but long term and sustained weight loss in patients with severe obesity can only be achieved with surgery.

Conditions related to obesity:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Sleep apnoea and breathing problems
  • Joint problems and arthritis
  • Acid reflux
  • Poor mobility
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Depression
  • Increased risk of heart attack, stroke and certain cancers (prostate, breast, ovary, endometrial)