Join us in Italy







The second BOMSS Expert Meeting  will be held in the beautiful Italian Dolomites in March 2017, from March 25-29 in Corvara.

  • Registration for the meeting is from £150 for BOMSS members and £250 for non-members.
  • Half board accommodation (for 4 nights) is £625 based on 2 people sharing.

Sessions will include discussions on issues surrounding the Laparoscopic Roux en Y gastric bypass and the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy in the UK and include technical controversies and current practices.

Places are limited to 30 delegates. Please register your interest by email to  along with a payment of £150 (member) registration and £624 for accommodation by 30 November 2016.  Please note the all fees are non-refundable.

To find out more or register for the meeting, please contact: or

Looking ahead to IFSO 2017 in London

BOMSS will host the 2017 IFSO Annual Conference from August 29 – September 2, 2017.

The Congress will be held in central London at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre – with its excellent transport links as well as the attraction that the capital city holds for many overseas visitors. This is a great opportunity for BOMSS to make an impression on the world stage of bariatrics. We have already declared ourselves as a Society that promotes high quality in bariatric surgery thanks to the work on constitutional issues, practice standards and data collection by our past and current president. Now we can demonstrate how to run a high quality scientific congress too.

The venue – the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in the heart of London and in the shadow of Big Ben and Westminster Abbey – will certainly prove a big draw.

Can you host BOMSS in 2018 or 2019?

We are looking for expressions of interest from anyone wishing to host our Annual Scientific Meetings in January 2018 and January 2019.  This is what we are looking for:

The Meeting takes place in the third week of January and runs from Wednesday to Friday.

The current formula is that all delegates and industry are able to stay in same hotel and we want to continue and encourage this, therefore hotel room prices should be negotiable (easier in January) to a level which allows AHPs and trainees to stay in same venue. We will  look for a range of alternative hotel accommodation (if necessary) within walking distance of main HQ Hotel.  

 The Venue
Hotel conference venue
Total number of hotel bedrooms: 350 

Trade Exhibition
Minimum Trade Exhibition space of 400sqm² 
Catering should be confined to the Trade exhibition area
Set up on Wednesday

Poster area for 90 poster sides

Breakdown on Friday; after lunch

BOMSS Training Day 

This takes place on Wednesday and is sponsored event
3 – 4 breakout rooms are required for the whole day
It would be beneficial if the Training Day is serviced by a separate entrance
This year there were more than 100 Training Day delegates

The Scientific Programme
Main conference: Plenary room for 400 
3 x Breakout rooms to hold: 150/100/150delegates
Additional rooms available for Industry sponsored sessions or workshops 

Drinks reception and Gala Dinner in Hotel: Up to 300 people

Council Dinner venue: Up to 25 people

Trainee’s Dinner venue: Up to 100 people

Transport links 
Good links by train, road and air

If you are interested in hosting this event, please email Sarvjit in the BOMSS office with any expressions of interest by Friday, 29 July.  We will invite you to present your chosen venue to BOMSS Council on Wednesday, 21 September in Leeds.

BOMSS welcomes call for surgery to resolve diabetes

Experts in diabetes have called for surgery to be considered a standard treatment in people with high BMIs –

Roger Ackroyd, president of BOMSS, said: “ We welcome the call for surgery to be recognised as a standard treatment option for Type 2 diabetes, based on a wide body of evidence, including 11 randomised trials. Economic studies also show that the treatment can be cost-effective. This supports the day-today experience of bariatric surgeons and nurses across the UK in recent years that surgery is cost-effective and gives people back their health.

“Type 2 diabetes is a serious health condition so it is essential that all effective treatment options are available – and this includes surgery. Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to serious complications such as blindness, amputations and stroke, complications which rob people of their health and are very expensive to treat.

“The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) must now make it explicit in its Type 2 diabetes guidelines that those with Type 2 diabetes who meet the recommended criteria for obesity surgery should be referred for early assessment for surgery. These recommendations are currently stated in the NICE obesity guidelines (2014) but are not fully incorporated in current NICE Type 2 diabetes guidelines (2015).”

The new guidelines state that surgery should be recommended to treat people with Type 2 diabetes who have a BMI of 40 or more, regardless of their blood glucose control, as well as people with a BMI of 30 and over whose blood glucose levels are inadequately controlled by lifestyle changes and blood glucose lowering medication. It is also recommended that the BMI thresholds in Asian people with Type 2 diabetes should be lower as they develop Type 2 diabetes at a lower BMI compared to other populations.

The full articles, joint statement and commentary can be seen here:

Diet sheets and patient resources

The Gastric Band and Gastric Bypass diet sheets have now been updated, and along with Sleeve Gastrectomy diet sheet are available through NDR UK.

The Ayrshire and Arran dietitians have produced a preoperative “liver shrinking” leaflet which gives patients a choice of diet to follow.

They have also produced a bariatric cookery book “Recipes for Life” suitable for patients going forward for the sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass procedures.

All of the dietary resources are available for purchase by dietitians through NDR UK. In the near future, patients will be able to purchase the recipe book directly from NDR UK (to be used in conjunction with the information given by a Specialist Bariatric Dietitian).

For further information contact

BOMSS responds to HSCIC report into rising obesity levels

BOMSS has responded  to the recent HSCIC report into Obesity, Diet and Physical Activity which showed that rising numbers of people are obese and that there is an increase in the number of obesity-related hospital admissions
Roger Ackroyd, the President of BOMSS said in response to the HSCIC report: “Being overweight is linked to a host of health problems, all of which can reduce quality of life and a person’s ability to be economically active as well as increasing the general healthcare bill.
Bariatric surgery can be an effective treatment for many health complications which are linked to being overweight – diabetes and high blood pressure for example.

Bariatric surgery is not to blame for the obesity crisis – and surgery is not a ‘quick-fix’ – but it can be part of the solution. And surgical success comes despite the fact that our patients are becoming heavier and presenting with more health complications at the point of surgery.

Surgeons in the UK currently operate on only a tiny proportion of the people who would be eligible for surgery under NICE guidelines. As Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS, said at the launch of the National Bariatric Surgery Registry (NBSR): “As in all branches of medicine, prevention is better than cure but, when required, bariatric surgery is effective and safe.”

In many cases bariatric surgery is the right choice for many people who have severe and complex obesity. It improves their quality of life and often enables them to achieve things that had become impossible. For some people, bariatric surgery is one episode in the lifelong chronic disease of obesity. Bariatric surgeons in the NHS are pioneers and champions of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach to patient care, ensuring that we get the best possible results in both short and long term.

Members of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) and their colleagues do important work. Audits and official figures only confirm what we see day to day in our surgeries – bariatric surgery plays a vital role in helping people who suffer ill-health because of their weight and saves the NHS money at the same time.”

The full report can be seen here:

BOMSS responds to the sugar tax

In response to the introduction of a sugar tax on soft drinks, announced in the Budget, Mr Roger Ackroyd, president of BOMSS, said: “A focus on the problem of drinks with a high sugar content and little or no nutritional value is welcome – but it should be part of wide and coherent strategy to tackle rising levels of overweight and obesity across society which robs people of their health and places such a financial burden on the health service.”

Shaw takes on visiting lecturer post

BOMSS Council member Shaw Somers has been invited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to be their visiting Bariatric lecturer for 2016.

He will be visiting three centres in New Zealand and four in Australia, as well as presenting keynote lectures at the New Zealand Association of General Surgeons meeting this month and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons meeting in May 2016).

Shaw will be particularly interested in seeing bariatric clinics at work and learning how barriers to access for surgery are approached in Australia and New Zealand. He is also looking forward to meeting the personalities and leaders in bariatric surgery that shape practice in these countries and learning their challenges.

Along the way, there will be time to take in the experiences of another continent! Follow him at