Weight loss surgery restores quality of life and most importantly, health. Research consistently demonstrates that weight loss surgery works better than weight-loss drugs or diets. In fact scarcely a week goes by without another news story highlighting the benefits.
Recent research from the Institute for Cardiovascular Research, Amsterdam, revealed that 80% of obese people suffering from diabetes were able to come off their medication following a gastric bypass. The Institute also revealed that 62% needed no further treatment following gastric banding.
Spire Healthcare, which has performed over 8,000 weight loss surgery procedures since 2007, has recorded a steady increase during 2011 in bariatric surgery across its hospital network. In fact the first 5 months of the year have seen a 14% increase compared with the same period in 2010.
Professor Basil Ammori, director of bariatric surgery at Spire Manchester Hospital (recently seen on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies), said: “Patient demand is high; we’ve witnessed a 492% increase in patient numbers over the last three years (2007-2010). And Spire Manchester Hospital recently became the first hospital in the North West to be awarded ‘Centre of Excellence’ status from the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO).
The accreditation means that the hospital has met rigorous IFSO standards for the effective and safe treatment of morbidly obese patients. The Spire Manchester Hospital had to prove to an independent committee that its bariatric surgeons each had a minimum of five years experience performing weight loss procedures, alongside a dedicated team who effectively treat and manage morbidly obese patients from initial consultation to life-long aftercare.
In fact Spire Manchester Hospital is currently only one of six hospitals across the UK to achieve the IFSO accreditation and is hoping to promote it to other hospitals and healthcare providers as a national standard for obesity care. Given rising obesity figures, with 24% of British adults reported to be obese and more seeking a surgical solution, the provision of high-quality treatment is a priority.