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 »
COVID-19 and Vitamin B12
As a result of pressures on services, and the requirement of vulnerable groups to self-isolate, we are aware that some people are unable to access timely vitamin B12 injections. BOMSS, RCGP and the BDA have worked together to issue practical guidance on the use of oral vitamin B12 in the short term. We strongly recommend that people return to vitamin B12 injections as soon as is practically possible.
Please click on the link below for further details.
BOMSS Restarting Bariatric Surgery Guidance
BOMSS have circulated best practice guidance about how to safely resume bariatric services now that elective surgery has restarted following the first COVID-19 wave.
Details of this guidance (which has been endorsed by both AUGIS and ALSGBI) can be found here.
We have also set up a Taskforce to support members during this difficult phase.
This will take the form of regular online meetings between BOMSS Executive and representatives of each UK unit to share advice and troubleshoot issues around resuming services, early experience and outcomes of bariatric surgery during the COVID era.
If you would like to take part in this Taskforce you should (i) select one representative from your unit who is a member of BOMSS and (ii) contact our secretary Vinod Menon at firstname.lastname@example.org
With my best wishes
British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society
From the President
Professor David Kerrigan
The UK Bariatric Surgery Registry is one of the outstanding achievements of past BOMSS Council members. It contains data on over 60,000 patients and has clearly demonstrated that modern weight loss operations are highly effective and safe, with the potential to save the health service money by reducing the burden of diseases associated with obesity. So why is the annual volume of NHS-commissioned bariatric surgery – at under 6,000 operations a year – 5- 10 times less than most European countries?
The BOMSS Guidelines on perioperative and postoperative biochemical monitoring and micronutrient replacement for patients undergoing bariatric surgery (2020 update) have been published in the Obesity Reviews. Access to nutritional assessments, life long follow-up including biochemical monitoring and vitamin and mineral supplementation is essential and requires input from a multiprofessional team. These guidelines give clear recommendations for assessment, biochemical monitoring and micronutrient replacement. They are the first bariatric surgery nutritional guidelines to cover both adults and adolescents and to include general practitioners and patient representatives in the working group. These guidelines have the potential to improve clinical practice and safety for people undergoing bariatric surgery and should be considered for adoption by healthcare organisations.
View the updated BOMSS Nutritional Guidance
- Click here for the Putting the Nation on a Diet article & listen to the interview
- On the back of media reports of the PM’s enthusiasm for tackling the UK’s obesity problem with more vigour, please find below the open letter from the Council of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) and bring it to the PM’s attention. Click on the link: BOMSS Council Letter to PM 19 May 2020 to view the letter.
- Visit the Guidelines page to view the current BOMSS Guidance during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Visit the Alcohol and your health after Bariatric Surgery
- Visit the Be Active, Stay Healthy
IFSO Cook Book now available
You can purchase the IFSO Cook Book for €20 Euros (please note this does not include postage and packaging – shipping costs which will vary depending on the country being shipped to). Please email email@example.com for more details and to order.