BMI The Alexandra Hospital launches new breakthrough procedure for obese patients
Weight loss surgeons at BMI The Alexandra Hospital have become the first team in the North West to offer a new incisionless bariatric procedure to obese patients.
The new POSE (Primary Obesity Surgery, Endolumenal) procedure offered exclusively at The Alexandra Hospital, reduces the patient’s stomach capacity through a flexible endoscope which is inserted via the patient’s mouth, negating the need to cut into the abdomen to reach the stomach. POSE offers a number of benefits over more traditional forms of weight loss surgery including a reduced risk of infection, a shorter hospital stay, a quicker return to normal activities and no visible external scarring.
Mr Anselm Agwunobi, consultant bariatric surgeon at BMI The Alexandra Hospital who provides the treatment, commented: “We are delighted to be offering POSE incisionless weight loss surgery for the first time in the North West.
“This new, private procedure available to patients at The Alexandra Hospital with a BMI of between 30 and 40 widens bariatric surgery options to people who may have struggled with controlling their weight through diet and exercise, and those who currently do not meet NHS requirements.”
Latest figures from the Department of Health show that almost a quarter of adults and more than one in 10 children, aged two to 10 years, in England are currently obese (body mass index of 30 and above). Manchester currently has the region’s highest obesity rate and forecasts predict that more than 1.7 million men and women in Greater Manchester will be overweight by 2020.
The Alexandra Hospital offers high quality personal ongoing care and support from a team of bariatric surgery and obesity surgery specialists before, during and after the procedure. Anyone considering weight loss surgery should take advantage of the hospital’s Weight Loss Support group, a patient forum which meets on a regular basis, where they can speak to like-minded people who have either had surgery or are about to embark on surgery.
Private hospital news : 7 April 2011