We speak with Ken Clare, a 48-year old nurse who eight years ago underwent bariatric surgery, and has since founded the charity, Weight Loss Surgery Information and Support (WLSinfo). In this article, Ken describes his struggle with his weight, why he decided to set up the charity and discusses the highlights of the forthcoming ‘Bariatric surgery - Challenging the evidence’ meeting in Liverpool.
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In a Keynote Address at the inaugural British Obesity and Metabolic Surgical Society (BOMSS), held in London (January 2010), Professor Gerhard Prager (Vienna, Austria) discussed “Innovation and quality in bariatric surgery”. In his presentation, he highlighted how important it was that the bariatric community established standards to ensure the quality of procedures and patient outcomes.
In this feature, I speak with Anne Wheeler, Lead Specialist Bariatric Dietician with Richard Welbourn's team at South West Bariatric (SWB) Group, Taunton, UK, about how the practice has grown and developed since it was launched six years ago. She discovers how the team has managed to move to a nurse and dietician led follow-up and why this method of practice is proving better for them and their patients.