Southampton hospital celebrates its 1,000th weight loss op

Daily Echo: Patients, surgeons and staff at The Spire Hospital in Southampton celebrate the milestone in weight loss. Patients, surgeons and staff at The Spire Hospital in Southampton celebrate the milestone in weight loss.

MORE than 1,000 obese people have gone under the knife at a Southampton hospital – and lost a combined total of 51 tonnes.

The milestone has been reached at the Spire Southampton Hospital after eight years of gastric band and bypass operations.

The total weight lost by the hospital’s patients over the past eight years is equivalent to ten adult elephants or 612 average men.

Surgeons carry out operations there privately and for the NHS.

Bariatric surgeon Michael Van den Bossche said when the hospital first began performing weight-loss surgery in 2002 only a handful of gastric band procedures were being carried out each month. The hospital is now averaging about 30 each month.

He said: “Most people who are overweight are desperately unhappy. People who have had surgery tell me about how I have given them their life back “It is also about prevention. The health costs associated with obesity runs into the millions.”

The Daily Echo revealed last month that the city’s above average obesity levels is costing the city a staggering £147m a year.

An investigation into the city’s weighty problem, carried out by the city council’s health scrutiny panel, also found that just over one in four adults and nearly one in ten five-year-olds are classed as dangerously fat.

Currently, patients have to have a body mass index (BMI) of 45 and above plus evidence of a serious health condition such as type 2 diabetes to be eligible for treatment on the NHS. Chronically overweight people, with a BMI of 60 and above, qualify automatically.

However, Mr Van den Bossche said health chiefs should lower the criteria because obese young people with no serious illness should be able to have the operation for their present and future mental and physical health.

Jane Whitney Smith, head of clinical services at the Spire Southampton Hospital in Chalybeate Close, said the surgery carried out at the hospital changed people’s lives, but was only the first step in keeping the weight off in the future.

She said: “We ensure that they receive the best possible after care service. Our consultant dietician, Rhoda Sutherland is there to provide our patients with support for as long as they require it, as is our counselling service.”

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2:14pm Tue 3 Aug 10

StEmmosfire says...

Shame it had to get to the point that they needed to have surgery to solve there obesity problem. According to the BMI index I am borderline over weight, 5ft 9 and 12 stone. Does the BMI really work?
Shame it had to get to the point that they needed to have surgery to solve there obesity problem. According to the BMI index I am borderline over weight, 5ft 9 and 12 stone. Does the BMI really work? StEmmosfire

2:42pm Tue 3 Aug 10

Saintbob says...

Ahh now I realise what those NHS lorrys were fly tipping in the Forest. Its been bugging me for ages what that white sludgy stuff was.
Ahh now I realise what those NHS lorrys were fly tipping in the Forest. Its been bugging me for ages what that white sludgy stuff was. Saintbob

4:39pm Tue 3 Aug 10

Brite Spark says...

1,000 ops for weight loss, maybe that figure helps to explain why some patients have to wait months for genuinely seriously needed operations, that are not brought about by their own action - or inaction in this example.
1,000 ops for weight loss, maybe that figure helps to explain why some patients have to wait months for genuinely seriously needed operations, that are not brought about by their own action - or inaction in this example. Brite Spark

4:50pm Tue 3 Aug 10

StEmmosfire says...

Brite Spark wrote:
1,000 ops for weight loss, maybe that figure helps to explain why some patients have to wait months for genuinely seriously needed operations, that are not brought about by their own action - or inaction in this example.
I completely agree, but what can be done about it? They will be more of a strain on the NHS being obese than not being obese? It should only be available privately but I assume for reasons they can’t afford it. SW = poor-meal !?
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: 1,000 ops for weight loss, maybe that figure helps to explain why some patients have to wait months for genuinely seriously needed operations, that are not brought about by their own action - or inaction in this example.[/p][/quote]I completely agree, but what can be done about it? They will be more of a strain on the NHS being obese than not being obese? It should only be available privately but I assume for reasons they can’t afford it. SW = poor-meal !? StEmmosfire

4:58pm Tue 3 Aug 10

Cazzy says...

If people really want to loose weight then they would be able to do it off their own backs and not go under the knife.I am speaking from experience as last July I went to my doctor as I was sick of being over weight it had got to the point where I did not want to go out due to the looks and comments I was getting.I asked her if she would prescribe me some gym sessions.I also decided to stick to a low fat diet where everything I eat has to have no more than 5 grams of fat per 100 grams.A year later and I have so far lost 8stone 7lb. So I think I can say that with determination it can be done without going under the knife.
If people really want to loose weight then they would be able to do it off their own backs and not go under the knife.I am speaking from experience as last July I went to my doctor as I was sick of being over weight it had got to the point where I did not want to go out due to the looks and comments I was getting.I asked her if she would prescribe me some gym sessions.I also decided to stick to a low fat diet where everything I eat has to have no more than 5 grams of fat per 100 grams.A year later and I have so far lost 8stone 7lb. So I think I can say that with determination it can be done without going under the knife. Cazzy

5:30pm Tue 3 Aug 10

Fur Q says...

Cazzy wrote:
If people really want to loose weight then they would be able to do it off their own backs and not go under the knife.I am speaking from experience as last July I went to my doctor as I was sick of being over weight it had got to the point where I did not want to go out due to the looks and comments I was getting.I asked her if she would prescribe me some gym sessions.I also decided to stick to a low fat diet where everything I eat has to have no more than 5 grams of fat per 100 grams.A year later and I have so far lost 8stone 7lb. So I think I can say that with determination it can be done without going under the knife.
Fair play Cazzy,

Help yourself is the answer, it aint rocket science.
[quote][p][bold]Cazzy[/bold] wrote: If people really want to loose weight then they would be able to do it off their own backs and not go under the knife.I am speaking from experience as last July I went to my doctor as I was sick of being over weight it had got to the point where I did not want to go out due to the looks and comments I was getting.I asked her if she would prescribe me some gym sessions.I also decided to stick to a low fat diet where everything I eat has to have no more than 5 grams of fat per 100 grams.A year later and I have so far lost 8stone 7lb. So I think I can say that with determination it can be done without going under the knife.[/p][/quote]Fair play Cazzy, Help yourself is the answer, it aint rocket science. Fur Q

6:21pm Tue 3 Aug 10

Atpost says...

Well done Cazzy
Honest words of common-sense.
Why do people think that they can get results with no effort? - bunch of waisters.
(intended pun)
Well done Cazzy Honest words of common-sense. Why do people think that they can get results with no effort? - bunch of waisters. (intended pun) Atpost

9:01am Wed 4 Aug 10

Gladbachsaint says...

CHRIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lost 1,000 Tonnes of Fat ?????

I thought Saints had sold Lambert for a minute.
CHRIST!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lost 1,000 Tonnes of Fat ????? I thought Saints had sold Lambert for a minute. Gladbachsaint

9:06am Wed 4 Aug 10

Gladbachsaint says...

Gladbachsaint wrote:
CHRIST!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lost 1,000 Tonnes of Fat ????? I thought Saints had sold Lambert for a minute.
Lesson one

Read it properly
[quote][p][bold]Gladbachsaint[/bold] wrote: CHRIST!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lost 1,000 Tonnes of Fat ????? I thought Saints had sold Lambert for a minute.[/p][/quote]Lesson one Read it properly Gladbachsaint

10:31am Wed 4 Aug 10

rich the stitch says...

Did you know that obesity is latin for 'fear of salad'
Did you know that obesity is latin for 'fear of salad' rich the stitch

2:54pm Wed 4 Aug 10

B. L. says...

For those that are unfamiliar with the Echo's equivalent comparisons with 10 adult elephants and 612 average men, that would be approximately 7 double decker buses. :)
For those that are unfamiliar with the Echo's equivalent comparisons with 10 adult elephants and 612 average men, that would be approximately 7 double decker buses. :) B. L.

5:04pm Wed 4 Aug 10

Mrs ML says...

I find it appalling that those who do not know enough about weight loss surgery feel they have a right to condemn those who have had this operation. It does not necessarily follow that those who have weight loss surgery are "a bunch of waisters" (whether pun intended or not!). How different is it than a smoker who has lung cancer, or an alcoholic who has liver disease having an operation to save their lives. People "assume" that because people are obese they are lazy, stupid or undisciplined - I am none of these - I have had weight loss surgery - and successfully lost 16 stone. Believe me, contrary to general belief, it is not an easy option, and there are side effects, some of which can be difficult. At the end of the day, it is only a tool, and is only as good as the person who uses it. Those of us who live with it, do have to change the way we live post-op. Come to a weight loss surgery meeting to find out what it is really like before you judge other people!
I find it appalling that those who do not know enough about weight loss surgery feel they have a right to condemn those who have had this operation. It does not necessarily follow that those who have weight loss surgery are "a bunch of waisters" (whether pun intended or not!). How different is it than a smoker who has lung cancer, or an alcoholic who has liver disease having an operation to save their lives. People "assume" that because people are obese they are lazy, stupid or undisciplined - I am none of these - I have had weight loss surgery - and successfully lost 16 stone. Believe me, contrary to general belief, it is not an easy option, and there are side effects, some of which can be difficult. At the end of the day, it is only a tool, and is only as good as the person who uses it. Those of us who live with it, do have to change the way we live post-op. Come to a weight loss surgery meeting to find out what it is really like before you judge other people! Mrs ML

8:09pm Wed 4 Aug 10

downfader says...

StEmmosfire wrote:
Shame it had to get to the point that they needed to have surgery to solve there obesity problem. According to the BMI index I am borderline over weight, 5ft 9 and 12 stone. Does the BMI really work?
Dont rely on the BMI. Its just an indicator for those with a sedantry lifestyle. If you have a very active life (lots of sports, or a very physical job) then muscle mass will throw the measurement into meaninglessness.
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For example, I am 6 foot 2, but I'm 14 stone. According to the BMI I'm obese iirc. However I ride 20 miles a day on the bike in and out of work. My job is also the equivilent of a workout in a sauna, LOL!
[quote][p][bold]StEmmosfire[/bold] wrote: Shame it had to get to the point that they needed to have surgery to solve there obesity problem. According to the BMI index I am borderline over weight, 5ft 9 and 12 stone. Does the BMI really work?[/p][/quote]Dont rely on the BMI. Its just an indicator for those with a sedantry lifestyle. If you have a very active life (lots of sports, or a very physical job) then muscle mass will throw the measurement into meaninglessness. . For example, I am 6 foot 2, but I'm 14 stone. According to the BMI I'm obese iirc. However I ride 20 miles a day on the bike in and out of work. My job is also the equivilent of a workout in a sauna, LOL! downfader

12:41am Thu 5 Aug 10

S'tonLady says...

Woop-dee-doo! Look how fabulous we are! We're such role models!

No you're not you took the easy way out and now you have the cheek to promote this cruddy method of weight loss.

Selfishly risking your lives because you don't want to try a salad.

Grrr! It makes me so mad!

Show the people who slaved away at dieting clubs, and the ones who bothered pick up a tennis racket. They're the ones who inspired me to lose 5 stone.
Woop-dee-doo! Look how fabulous we are! We're such role models! No you're not you took the easy way out and now you have the cheek to promote this cruddy method of weight loss. Selfishly risking your lives because you don't want to try a salad. Grrr! It makes me so mad! Show the people who slaved away at dieting clubs, and the ones who bothered pick up a tennis racket. They're the ones who inspired me to lose 5 stone. S'tonLady

10:41am Thu 19 Aug 10

charliesmummy says...

Actually, your required to prove you can lose a certain amount of weight before you have the operation and it is last resort. You have to have tried a lot of diets and had medication etc. Usually they have a a life threatening medical condition that is worserened by their weight. Even with weight loss surgery, you still have to diet and eat minimal amounts each day. I don't see a problem with surgery in the long run a £6,000 operation will work out a lot cheaper then providing medical care for someone who has obesity related conditions over their lifetime.
Actually, your required to prove you can lose a certain amount of weight before you have the operation and it is last resort. You have to have tried a lot of diets and had medication etc. Usually they have a a life threatening medical condition that is worserened by their weight. Even with weight loss surgery, you still have to diet and eat minimal amounts each day. I don't see a problem with surgery in the long run a £6,000 operation will work out a lot cheaper then providing medical care for someone who has obesity related conditions over their lifetime. charliesmummy

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