‘Surgery is more effective for diabetes than lifestyle changes’

31 March 2016

Approximately 3 million people in the UK have Type 2 Diabetes. More than one hundred thousand people are diagnosed with the condition each year and it is likely another million patients have yet to be discovered. Spire Bristol Hospital is now offering surgery as a treatment option for the condition. It is newly appointed Consultant Bariatric Surgeon, Mr Alan Osborne, who is keen to emphasise that surgery is the most effective treatment for type 2 diabetes when combined with optimal diabetes care.

Mr Osborne, who was appointed as the first Hunterian Professor in diabetic surgery in 2012 by the Royal College of Surgeons and now practices at the South West’s largest private facility says,

“I have been treating patients with Type 2 Diabetes through the NHS for years, but the rise in demand for weight loss surgery as a treatment for those diagnosed has seen me open up a private clinic here at Spire Bristol Hospital.”

Spire Healthcare has been helping more and more men and women throughout the UK through surgery, transforming the lives of over 2,000 patients every year. Diabetic surgery involves either a gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy, which are all carried out within Bristol, with no need to travel any further.

“…studies show that patients with type 2 diabetes who undergo weight loss surgery will have better blood glucose control than those treated with conventional diabetes management.” Continues Mr Osborne.

This has lead to weight loss surgery being commonly referred to as Metabolic Surgery (Diabetic Surgery).  The criteria for this surgery is different to those seeking the common weight loss treatment and  patients with type 2 diabetes, a BMI of at least 30kg/m2 and with risk factors for development of complications are suggested to go ahead with surgery. The operations were originally designed as restrictive or malabsorptive procedures but are now understood to alter the signalling mechanisms controlling appetite, satiety and glycaemic control. 

By tailoring their service specifically to the needs of the patient, the consultants working at Spire Bristol offer the best possible chance of success within a safe and clean private hospital.

The hospital is now providing cost free weight loss patient information evenings. If you are seeking weight loss surgery advice or wanted to discuss treatment options for type 2 Diabetes then these monthly events are perfect for you.

Heidi Stone one of the hospital’s Patient Treatment Advisors says

 “Patients aren’t always aware of the treatment options available to them and our weight loss consultants, like Mr Osborne, can provide essential insights to a patient and really give you quality advice moving forward with surgery.”

Within the past month Spire Bristol Hospital held three separate patient information evenings, where individuals have booked a private one-to-one mini-consultation with a practicing weight loss consultant at the hospital.

MR Osborne concludes  “I have already hosted a weight loss event here at Spire Bristol and I strongly believe that if the patient is serious about surgery then they can gain some invaluable information with regards to the options available to them. I am happy to give them my time at these events and enjoy helping those who need it.”  

The hospital has extended its offer of free weight loss information evenings by announcing more dates. To book onto an event call their patient treatment advisors on 0117 980 4080 or email us


 Health facts
  • Type 2 diabetes is a major clinical problem which affects over 5% of the population
  • Type 2 Diabetes has a substantial human cost by contributing to the onset of multi-organ disease
  • Young-onset Type 2 Diabetes is associated with a greater mortality and more diabetes complications than Type 1 Diabetes.
  • In England, the direct costs to the NHS is already almost 10 billion a year and the treatment of new onset type 2 diabetes needs to be urgently considered:
  • It currently accounts for at least 10% of the NHS budget.
  • There is an increased risk of reduced quality of life and premature death.

Statistics from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE Guidelines)

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