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'Highly skilled weight loss surgeons' available

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The UK has a number of highly skilled weight loss surgeons available to treat patients.

This is according to leading UK bariatric surgeon David Kerrigan, who is a founder and medical director of Gravitas.

Dr Kerrigan said: "Five or six years ago there was a shortage of well-trained gastric band surgeons in the UK so many patients opted to go overseas for treatment.

"But these days this is simply no longer the case - we have plenty of highly skilled and experienced surgeons here in Britain."

He made the comments after presenter Vanessa Feltz' announcement on BBC Radio 4 that she underwent gastric band surgery abroad.

The doctor said that one advantage of having treatment in the UK is that the original surgeon is available to help with any post-operation problems.

"Sometimes complications, such as band slippage or erosion, can set in months - or even years - after the operation is performed," he explained.

"If picked up and dealt with promptly, most of these problems can be safely treated by a bariatric surgeon without the risk of losing the band." 

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Obesity treatment news : 25 August 2010