New 90-minute weight loss op that shrinks your stomach set for NHS green light

Overweight Brits could undergo stomach reduction surgery on the NHS, which involves just inserting a tube down their throat.

Health watchdog NICE today proposed allowing endoscopic gastrointestinal surgery for people who do not want weight loss surgery.

Millions of Brits are obese and medics are desperate to ease pressure on the NHS


Millions of Brits are obese and medics are desperate to ease pressure on the NHSPhoto credit: Getty

The 90-minute operation involves folding and stitching the stomach from the inside to shrink it by two-thirds and stop the patient from eating too much.

One study found that nearly eight out of 10 patients lost a quarter of their body weight within a year of surgery.

One in four adults in England are obese – more than 10 million people.

Obesity costs the NHS around £6.5 billion a year and medics are racing to make us slimmer and demand for weight-loss vaccines such as Ozempic is booming.

Professor Jonathan Benger, Chief Medical Officer at NICE, said: “Our committee has found that endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is safe and effective.

“It can reduce the size of the stomach, making people feel full even after eating a smaller amount of food.

“One of the advantages is that this procedure can be carried out as a day case and does not require an overnight stay, reducing the time patients spend in hospital.

“Recovery is also quicker.”

To be eligible, patients must have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 and have tried unsuccessfully to remove the flab through diet and exercise.

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