NBSR shows increasing success of bariatric surgery

The second report from the National Bariatric Surgery Registry (NBSR 2014) shows bariatric surgeons are enjoying increasing success in helping people control their weight – improving their quality of life and at the same time delivering savings for the NHS.

This is despite the fact that patients are becoming heavier and have more health complications at the point of surgery.

The report, the major source of information on the effectiveness of weight loss surgery in the UK, includes figures on 16,956 primary operations and more than 1,327 planned follow-up procedures.

It shows that of those treated, 73.2 per cent of men and 71.5 per cent of women had functional impairment – meaning they could not, for example, climb three flights of stairs without resting.

After surgery the figure for those able to carry out such basic tasks had fallen to 56 per cent.

The 2014 registry, compiled from information from 161 surgeons at 137 hospitals, reveals that almost two thirds of patients with Type 2 diabetes at the point of surgery showed no indications of the condition two years later and were able to stop taking medications for it.

It also shows that the average post-operative stay for patients has fallen from 3.1 to 2.7 days.

BOMSS President Mr Richard Welbourn, who chairs the NBSR, said: “Our data shows that there is great benefit from bariatric surgery for all the diseases studied. In particular, the effect on diabetes has important implications for the NHS.”

In the foreword to the report, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS, says: “Obesity and bariatric surgery are rapidly rising up the NHS agenda as a consequence of social and lifestyle choices. As in all branches of medicine, prevention is better than cure, but this report clearly demonstrates that when required, bariatric surgery is effective and safe.”

An extract from the NBSR report can be viewed here: Extract_from_the_NBSR_2014_Report.