|What can be done?|
The National Institute of Health in the United States issued guidelines for the treatment of obesity in 2000.
Who should receive surgical treatment have been defined by many groups and government agencies worldwide but essentially it is those with a BMI in excess of 40 kg/m² or 35 kg/m² with associated co-morbidity e.g. diabetes or blood pressure. These patients should also be fit for anaesthesia and surgery and have attempted other methods of weight loss.
We believe that surgery should be offered within the context of a multi-disciplinary team and assessment.
The patient should be willing to undergo long term follow up after surgery.