UHNS offers a wide range of laparoscopic (key hole) bariatric procedures. All procedures are now carried out in our brand new, state-of-the-art theatre complex opened in November 2011. All our staff are fully trained in delivering the bariatric surgical service. The service is closely linked with our local community weight management service and provides a comprehensive service to our local population in North Staffordshire.
Bariatric surgery is one of the most rapidly developing areas of surgery internationally. Patients are referred for surgical assessment and treatment once all conservative measures such as pharmacological, lifestyle and community weight management services are proven ineffective.
Obesity is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. It is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal disease, reproductive disorders, respiratory disease and cancer (there are over 40 comorbid conditions). Stoke-on-Trent has the second highest number of obese population, only behind Hull in UK.
Bariatric surgery results in a resolution or improvement of type 2 diabetes in over 80% of patients treated. The majority of comorbidities such as hypertension, asthma, sleep apnoea and cardiac diseases are improved by bariatric surgery.
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