Looking forward to AHP presence in Glasgow

A reminder that the Early Bird Registration rate for the BOMSS 4th Annual Scientific Meeting (Glasgow, January 23-25, 2013) will close on November 30, so benefit from the Early Bird rates by clicking here. The Scientific Programme has much to offer AHPs and includes Training and Education, Metabolic Medicine, and 20/20 Vision – A Multidisciplinary Approach. Speakers include Dr Marco Bueter from Zurich and Dr Karl Miller from Salzburg. An interesting and varied Training Day Programme (January 23) for Surgical Trainees, Dietitians and Specialist Nurses, will be followed by the Annual Trainees’ Lecture and Annual AHP Lecture.

The meeting will also also give AHPs an excellent opportunity for networking and there will be a social programme which includes a drinks reception at the Glasgow City Chambers and Annual Dinner at The Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow.

Find out more about the Scientific Programme and Training Day.

We look forward to seeing you in Glasgow.


Register now for Glasgow

The Early Bird Registration rate for the BOMSS 4th Annual Scientific Meeting (Glasgow, January 23-25, 2013) will close on November 30, so benefit from the Early Bird rates by clicking here.

The BOMSS 2013 Scientific Programme includes Training and Education, Metabolic Medicine, and 20/20 Vision – A Multidisciplinary Approach. Speakers include Dr Marco Bueter from Zurich and Dr Karl Miller from Salzburg. An interesting and varied Training Day Programme (January 23) for Surgical Trainees, Dietitians and Specialist Nurses, will be followed by the Annual Trainees’ Lecture and Annual AHPs Lecture.

The Organising Committee has also put together an excellent social programme which includes a drinks reception at the Glasgow City Chambers and Annual Dinner at The Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow.

Find out more about the Scientific Programme and Training Day.

The call for Abstracts is also open and you can find out more here:  The closing date for the submission of abstracts is 09.00hrs, Friday 30 November.

We look forward to seeing you in Glasgow.


Abstract Submission for Glasgow opens

Abstract submission for the 4th Annual Scientific Meeting of BOMSS, to be held in Glasgow from 23-25 January,  2013,  is now open. The closing date for submissions is 09.00hrs on Friday, 30 November 2012.

Notification of chosen abstracts will be made by Friday, 7 December 2012 in order to ensure that presented work is as up-to-date and relevant as possible. We recommend people apply for study leave well before this date to ensure they are able to present their work at the meeting.
This year there will again see a BOMSS council prize presentation session in addition to free paper sessions. There will also be a poster section and posters of distinction awarded to the best presented posters. Affiliate members are encouraged to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentation, or both.

Abstract submission should be made via https://www.bomss.org.uk/2013conference/abstract_submission.htm



BOMSS member gives Hunterian oration

BOMSS member Professor Alan Osborne, who works in Bristol gave a very well-received Royal College of Surgeons Hunterian Oration at the DDF in Liverpool, speaking on ‘Gut Hormones in Bariatric Surgery.’

Professor Osboure described a study to find out what happens to gut hormones after laparscopic RYGB which measured gut hormone changes post-operatively and changes to appetite and satiety. The results showed a significant decrease in hunger. He also looked at insulin resistance, diabetes adding and quality of life studies. He said: “Bypass surgery provides a fascinating model for the study of metabolic surgery but we need to look beyond weight loss and study diabetic outcomes.”

Prof Osborne also said that looking at the economic impact of surgery showed how bariatric operations saved millions of pounds. He referred to a study of 78 people which showed that before operations they had collectively worked 1,023 hours per week whilst after operations this figure rose to 1,611 hours, a 57% increase. Before bariatric surgery, the patients were claiming 32 different benefits but after surgery this dropped to eight. There was a 75% reduction in disability benefit claims.

Prof Osborne moved on to talk about the incidence of obesity in society compared with the number of bariatric trainee positions around the country He estimated that 50 new consultant posts would results in a £75 million economic saving.

In conclusion, he said: “Bariaric surgery is metabolic surgery. It is cost-effective – patients return to a normal quality of life – and it saves lives.”

 


BOMSS adds its voice to NHS ‘access to treatment’ debate

BOMSS President Alberic Fiennes  was a signatory to a letter which appeared in the Daily Telegraph on June 21 calling for all patients to be treated according to their need and not compromised by financial pressure (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/letters/9345146/The-need-to-broaden-access-to-surgery.html). The letter followed reports that operations were being rationed by the NHS due to financial pressures.

As well as Mr Fiennes, the letter was signed by Professor John MacFie, President, Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, Professor Norman Williams, President, The Royal College of Surgeons of England, William Allum, President, Association of Upper-Gastrointestinal Surgeons and Professor Joe Dias President, British Orthopaedic Association.

The full text of the letter read as follows:

SIR – Restricted access to surgery is of great concern to surgeons who believe that patients’ treatment should be driven by need based on clinical assessment, and must not be compromised by financial pressure. Most methods to restrict access to surgery use unproven and arbitrary thresholds, which unfairly deny patients some of the most successful operations that improve quality of life.

Delaying patient access to hip and knee replacements and other orthopaedic operations can affect the outcomes of surgery, with evidence that patients are less mobile and suffer more pain if their operation is delayed or denied. Also, any hernia left untreated puts the patient at serious risk should the hernia strangulate, meaning that they would require emergency surgery to address the potentially life-threatening problem.

The compelling evidence that weight-loss surgery (bariatric surgery) is one of the most cost-effective treatments in acute health care cannot be ignored. Severe obesity is a new disease of epidemic proportions and bariatric surgery improves lives and reduces overall health care costs. Restricting access to surgery by raising the threshold on Body Mass Index above the recommendations of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is not in patients’ best interests.

While we recognise resource constraints faced by NHS commissioners, we must not cut front-line services. Decisions about whether to put patients forward for surgery are best left to patients with direct support from their surgeon.

The Telegraph also ran a story in its news pages about the letter: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9344902/Lives-at-risk-due-to-arbitrary-health-rationing-say-surgeons.html

and the original story can be seen here – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9339561/Nine-in-10-health-authorities-rationing-operations.html


IFSO scholarships

The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) offers three surgical scholarships each year. Each offers a stipend of $2.500,00 USD plus free registration for IFSO’s annual world congress which, this year, will be held in New Delhi.

Applications must be submitted by June 10, 2012, to secretariat@ifso.com and must follow the guidelines which can be viewed here: http://www.ifso.com/pdfs/ifso-scholarships-guidelines-2012.pdf


New faces on the BOMSS Council

The term of office of some BOMSS Council members is shortly due to expire.  At the recent AGM, it was also decided to expand the Council by two full (Consultant) members and one AHP member.  In light of this, elections have been held for these posts.

The people due to demit office are Mr Richard Welbourn, Mr Michael Rhodes, Mr Peter Sedman (full members) and Ms Andi Fox-Hiley (AHP member).  They are due thanks them for their service and for all their hard work on behalf of the BOMSS Council over the past few years.  

Those elected to Council are Mr Richard Welbourn (re-elected), Mr Shaw Somers, Mr Sean Woodcock, Mr Vinod Menon, Mr Peter Small (full members) and the new AHP Representatives are Ms Gail Pinnock and Mr Ken Clare.  They will take up office following the Council meeting at the forthcoming DDF meeting in Liverpool in June.  

 


NBSR update
February 2012

The NBSR report published in April 2011 demonstrated safety of surgery in  more than 8,000 patients in the UK with low complication rates.  The one- and two-year follow up data showed impressive improvement in obesity-related disease.  At the NBSR Workshop session at the BOMSS 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting in Bristol, Mr Richard Welbourn highlighted the results and presented to the membership work in progress for discussion as the Registry evolves.  Members who wish to be involved should send expressions of interest to Mr Alberic Fiennes, Chair of the NBSR Committee via Nichola Coates at the BOMSS office, email: nichola@augis.org


NBSR update

The NBSR report published in April 2011 demonstrated safety of surgery in  more than 8,000 patients in the UK with low complication rates.  The one- and two-year follow up data showed impressive improvement in obesity-related disease.  At the NBSR Workshop session at the BOMSS 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting in Bristol, Mr Richard Welbourn highlighted the results and presented to the membership work in progress for discussion as the Registry evolves.  Members who wish to be involved should send expressions of interest to Mr Alberic Fiennes, Chair of the NBSR Committee via Nichola Coates at the BOMSS office, email: nichola@augis.org


BOMSS supports Obesity Symposium

London 2012: the Future of Obesity Treatment aims to review the current status of obesity treatment and to discuss how best to address the challenges in the future. Some of the world’s leading authorities will address this challenging topic and the meeting will also be as interactive as possible with expert panel discussions and a final debate on the different treatment options.

The meeting is open to general practitioners, surgeons, physicians, diabetologists, endocrinologists, gastroenterologists, endoscopists, commissioners and managers, all of whom face their own specific challenges in this evolving field. Trainees and allied health care professionals involved in the specialist management of patients suffering from obesity will also benefit from attending.

The International Symposium will take place on February 3, 2012 at the Royal College of Physicians in London. See the website for further information and registration – http://www.chelwest.nhs.uk/obesitysymposium
Gianluca Bonanomi MD FRCS, Carel le Roux PhD MRCP, Bobby Prasad FRCPI