Daily Mail

How Gastric Band Surgery Is Not The Panacea Of Weight Loss

In July 2012 the Daily Mail published an article entitled “How a third of gastric surgery patients put ALL the weight back on.

In essence is states that bariatric operations, such as the gastric band, cost the NHS between £3,000 and £10,000 a time, also saying that s study shows that thiese costs generally pay for themselves due to the reduced amount of prescriptions, reduction in GP’s time and the reduction in benefits.

However, it goes on to state that evidence is emerging that this very modern approach to losing weight may not be the panacea it was hoped to be.

In fact it goes on to say that 63 per cent of patients put weight back on within two years of their operation, that a third of patients having this type of operation require a second procedure after 5 years and half after 10 years.

Results for those having a second operation are poor, with a higher risk of complications and death, says Guy Slater, a bariatric surgeon at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, who also practises privately for Streamline Surgical, agrees. ‘I try to avoid it at all costs. I’m always much more nervous doing it the second time than the first time.’

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