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Weight loss surgery: Why patients should eat from small plates

Many bariatric weight loss surgery patients are undergoing operations without proper assessment of the considerable risks involved, according to new findings from the National Enquiry into Patient Outcome & Death (NCEPOD).

Surgery is often erroneously seen as a "quick-fix" and the problems which the report highlights include poor consent procedures in some hospitals, lack of psychological counselling prior to treatment and inadequate follow-up after surgery.

Nearly a fifth of those patients had to be readmitted for treatment, with some people needing further surgery.

Dietician Adrian Brown from Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham specialises in helping people who are having weight loss surgery.

He showed BBC News the seven-inch plate he advises post-surgery patients to eat from.

  • 18 Oct 2012
  • From the section Health
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