Spire Gatwick Park Hospital supports European Obesity Day

May 2010

May 22 sees the launch of the inaugural European Obesity Day. In conjunction with this event, Spire Gatwick Park Hospital is drawing attention to the problems associated with obesity and how weight loss surgery can help overcome these problems.

Almost 1 in 5 adults are classed as obese. A study into obesity has predicted that if no action is taken, by 2050, 60% of men, 50% of women and 25% of children and teenagers in England will be obese. The research also shows that obese and overweight people will cost the English taxpayer £50bn . As well as the economic cost, the health implications are great and include increased risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and coronary heart disease.

Weight loss surgery continues to rise in popularity as an option to combat obesity. Spire Gatwick Park Hospital has a comprehensive weight loss surgery service which increases the accessibility of surgery to those eligible across the UK.

The Spire Gatwick Park Hospital already plays a major role in the local area, having helped many people through weight loss surgery. The service, led by weight loss surgery consultants Mr Christopher Pring and Mr James Smellie helps people from Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Essex to gain access to treatment. The service offers GASTRIC BAND, GASTRIC BYPASS, GASTRIC BALLOON surgery and also a Medical Weight Management Programme. Each patient receives a detailed consultation from members of the multidisciplinary weight management team.

Weight loss surgery specialist, Mr Christopher Pring Consultant Laparoscopic, Upper GI, and Bariatric Surgeon at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital said: “Obesity is on the increase in the UK. As a consultant Bariatric surgeon I see patients in my clinic that have different requirements. This is why we offer a number of services at Gatwick Park. With Gastric Band surgery patients can expect to lose around 47% of their body weight. The Gastric Band encourages patients to utilise the specialists that we have on offer. We include a dietician, exercise physiologist, Bariatric nurse, and surgeon to provide support to patients not suitable or wanting to go through with surgery. We also offer surgical options such as Intragastric Balloon, Gastric Bypass, and Sleeve Gastrectomy. We have a good service for patients not suitable or not wanting surgery – the Medical Weight Loss Management Programme. This involves a team that patients will regularly see, and patients can expect to lose 10% of their body weight within 6 months.”

Matthew Dronsfield, Hospital Director for Spire Gatwick Park Hospital states: “We are delighted to be offering weight loss surgery as part of the broad range of services we provide to the local community. This new service provides a number of treatment options for our patients carried out in clean modern facilities with excellent clinical outcomes and no recorded MRSA or C. Diff infections. This is just one of many new services that we have recently launched, and we are justifiably proud of the services we offer. These are just some of the reasons why we have experienced year on year growth in the numbers of patients treated by the hospital."

For those considering surgery or wish to find out more information call 01293 778906 or read more about weight loss surgery at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital.

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