What is the British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS)?

We are a professional society of surgeons involved in obesity management. Membership of the society includes medical professionals and allied health professionals including specialist nurses, dieticians, psychologists and dieticians. BOMSS aims to promote the development of high quality centres for obesity surgery, to educate and train future obesity surgeons and practitioners…Learn More »

From the President

Concerns over restrictions to bariatric surgery

It is well-known that people who are seriously obese will develop other medical conditions as a result. This often compounds the obesity and takes a toll on their general health, and the healthcare economy. It’s also been established that for some, surgery can help them lose significant weight and return to a healthier lifestyle. It is proven to be safe, effective and saves the NHS money in the long term.

So it is clear that bariatric surgery should be made more readily available to those who need it when everything else has been tried.

Unfortunately it’s not proving to be that simple. As a recent survey carried out by BOMSS in collaboration with the RCS revealed

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