Should obesity surgery be offered more widely on the NHS?
The number of people in England undergoing NHS surgery to help them lose weight has risen tenfold in less than a decade, reports the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Is surgery the answer to long-term weight loss?
The BMJ stated that operations such as gastric banding and bypasses rose from 238 a year to more than 2,543 in 2007. Researchers from Imperial College London said more obese patients are becoming aware that surgery could be an effective option.
But the Office of Health Economics says more people are eligible for treatment, and £1.3bn could be saved over three years if a quarter of eligible patients got treatment.
Have you gone under the knife to lose weight? What other methods have you tried to lose the pounds? Should surgery be limited to the morbidly obese? Should these operations be financed by the NHS? Would more operations save the NHS money?