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The Weight Loss Surgery Group Ltd (WLS), one of the leading lights in the field of bariatric medicine, has today called for the introduction of guidelines and regulatory standards to be put in place for all companies operating in the surgical weight loss arena.

The UK is on course to be the most obese nation in Europe by 2050 with 60% of men and 50% of women classed as obese* and surgical weight loss controls are becoming evermore popular.
Bariatrics, which is the branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity, has been pushed into the media spotlight recently due to a number of high gastric band profile surgery patients, such as recently voted Woman of The Year, Fern Britton .

However, this growth in awareness of procedures has led to reports of poor or nonexistent aftercare options currently being offered to patients.
Wendy Stubbs, Bariatric Nurse Director for The Weight Loss Surgery Group said, “Weight loss surgery is not just about the theatre time it takes to carry out the procedures, patients need to be professionally preoperatively assessed as well as receive a high standard of care from a multi-disciplinary team, once any procedure has been carried out.

“Many patients are looking for a life changing solution and need honest upfront advice. Therefore we believe providers should offer comprehensive aftercare options.

“We are hearing more and more of patients undergoing surgery who are simply operated on and left to their own devices when it comes to post operative care.
“Sadly this is a growing trend and many surgery providers are simply not taking the correct steps to ensure that their patients receive the correct levels of care.

“The patient journey is a vital part of the success of any surgery and as an industry, I believe we need to ensure that the correct levels of aftercare are provided for all patients. This is why we are calling for a UK standard to be put in place.

“At WLS we operate a unique two year aftercare programme designed to support patients and maintain the best weight loss results in a healthy and safe way. It doesn’t matter which procedure patients undertake, neither will have the desired effect if the aftercare programme is not followed, it is crucial to their success.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

The Weight Loss Surgery Group (WLS) is a UK based bariatric surgery provider, owned and managed by like minded, passionate individuals who have many years experience working with weight loss surgery patients.

WLS’s commitment is to provide patients with a only the best bariatric surgery and a comprehensive programme of care that differs to other providers here in the UK.

Bariatric Nurse Director for The Weight Loss Surgery Group is available for interview.
*figures taken from Foresight Report - Tackling Obesities: Future Choices –
Modelling Future Trends in Obesity and the Impact on Health

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