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BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5807 (Published 29 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5807

Number of gastric band operations rises: The number of gastric bypass operations carried out by the NHS in England has risen fivefold during the past five years, figures have shown. Some 5407 procedures took place in 2011-12, compared with 858 in 2006-7—a 530% increase. The provisional figures, released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, show a further 1316 gastric band operations were completed between April 2011 and March 2012—nearly double …

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