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Growing Numbers Seek Obesity Surgery Privately as NHS Struggles to Cope With Increase in Demand


The National Obesity Surgery Centre – the UK’s leading private provider of gastric balloons – has announced a dramatic increase in the number of procedures they have performed in the past year.

Offering gastric balloons and gastric bands at leading hospitals across the country, the Manchester-based clinic reported an increase of 350% in the number of obesity surgery procedures carried out during 2008.

This news follows reports last week that obesity surgery on the NHS has seen a 40% increase in the past twelve months, and is struggling to cope with the demand.

Due to such an increase in demand, the National Obesity Surgery Centre opened three new clinics throughout the course of 2008, and also invested in a three fold increase in employees. The Manchester based company have further growth plans for the year ahead, with new obesity surgery centres set to open across the UK and Ireland.

“As an organisation, we have seen a dramatic increase in enquiries and demand for the obesity surgery options we offer in the last twelve months”, comments Barrie Crabtree, Director of the National Obesity Surgery Centre. “In addition to the well publicised increase in adult obesity levels, now standing at one in four UK adults, the risks associated with obesity are becoming more prevalent in the news. There therefore seems to be a greater awareness from people that they need to take action sooner rather than later”.

The National Obesity Surgery Centre have locations throughout the UK, and offer a full support and aftercare programme for patients, which has proven an important factor in its success. Patients are provided with their own personal coach – a cognitive behavioural therapist – to help them address the issues that can lead to obesity and to change their eating habits and lifestyle to ensure that the weight stays off.

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