Professor Basil Ammori, consultant bariatric surgeon at Spire Manchester Hospital, will be featuring on Channel 4’s flagship health programme, Embarrassing Bodies, this week, where he will conduct gastric bypass surgery on Robert Alexander suffering with obesity.
As its name suggests, Embarrassing Bodies is a programme centred on helping patients with health issues that they find embarrassing or that they have found no help with treating previously.
Robert Alexander, 46, from Thame in Oxfordshire met Embarrassing Bodies resident GP, Dr Christian Jessen to discuss his problem with the obesity. Following Dr Jessen’s advice, Robert Alexander visited Professor Basil Ammori at Spire Manchester Hospital, where after a thorough assessment and consultation he performed a gastric bypass.
“When Robert Alexander came to see me he had a BMI of 61, he was walking with a stick and found it difficult to carry out activities such as walking up stairs. I explained to Robert the treatments available to him including the benefits and the risks of having surgery.” says Professor Ammori.
Robert Alexander said “The hospital was absolutely brilliant and the weight I have lost has allowed me to do things I could not do before. I have a much healthier diet and stay away from fatty foods. My wife has also lost weight now because we are both eating less and eating the right foods.”
Embarrassing Bodies has on average 3.5 million viewers per episode and its website is one of Channel 4’s top three online properties alongside Big Brother and Hollyoaks and has won a BAFTA for interactivity in 2009.
Professor Basil Ammori and Robert Alexander will be featured on Embarrassing Bodies, Channel 4 on Monday 27 June 2011.