27 June 2018
It’s a well-known fact – being overweight could lead to a string of other health conditions and subsequent co-morbidity. Coupled with the statistics showing that obesity is rapidly increasing in the UK, body mass is becoming a weighty issue.
As severe and complex obesity patients are presenting themselves to their GP’s more frequently, services are becoming stretched. It could be 18 months before someone who needs surgery is in discussion with a Bariatric Consultant, having passed through various weight loss and lifestyle projects. By this time they are most likely suffering with diabetes. In England, there are currently 3.8 million people with Type 2 diabetes, with around 200,000 new diagnoses every year, and an additional 5 million people at high risk of developing it. 22,000 people die early every year in England as a result of the disease. (NHS June 2018)
The current NHS pathway, published in April this year the Policies & Funding Information for Berkshire East NHS states that eligibility criteria for Bariatric Surgery includes:
- Patients considered morbidly obese (BMI over 35). Adults with a BMI of 40kg/m2 or more, or between 35kg/m2 and 40kg/m2, or greater in the presence of other significant diseases.
- Screening of co-morbidities and the detection of other significant diseases by MDT led processes, prior to entering the surgical pathway.
- Morbid/severe obesity present for at least 5 years.
- Patients who have recently received and complied with a local specialist obesity service weight loss programme (non-surgical Tiers 3/4). This will have been over a period of 12-24 months. For patients with a BMI>50 attending a specialist bariatric service, this period may include the stabilisation and assessment period prior to bariatric surgery. The minimum acceptable period is 6 months.
- Specialist obesity weight loss programme and MDT (Tier 3/4) assessed evidence that all suitable non-invasive options have been explored and trialled.
This is obviously a lengthy pathway but do you know all the options available privately? With the introduction of the Elipse balloon, a non-surgical 6 month weight loss treatment, it could be possible to avert health issues and kick-start a person’s weight loss journey.
Why not join us on Wednesday 27th June at 6:45pm to meet our weight loss team and discuss the options available.
There will be food available and one-to-one discussions are possible if you have a particular clinical question you need answered.
Phone today to register your interest on 0118 914 5003