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Obesity surgery data show success in tackling life threatening illnesses

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 12 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2353
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Clinicians are calling for greater investment in bariatric surgery after a new report shows that such surgery has significant and varied health benefits for patients in the United Kingdom.

The report claims to show for the first time on a nationwide scale the positive effects of bariatric surgery in treating a range of life threatening diseases, including an 85% reduction in the number of patients with type 2 diabetes two years after surgery.

The first report by the UK national bariatric surgery registry—a consortium of the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons, the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons, and the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgical Society—was published on 13 April jointly with the company Dendrite Clinical Systems.

Bariatric Surgery Report 2010 includes …

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