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Newport Pagnell man's weight loss surgery warning

A man who took ill after weight loss surgery has warned of the risks associated with the treatment.

Tim Daily, 47, of Newport Pagnell, had a gastric bypass operation at Charing Cross Hospital in October 2008 and his weight halved to 12 stones (76 kg).

Since then he has been unable to eat solid food and he now has to be fed through a tube in his stomach and takes morphine to cope with the pain.

Charing Cross Hospital said it warned Mr Daily about the risks of surgery.

A spokesperson for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust said:"With every gastric bypass operation there is a five per cent risk of complications after surgery.

"Before undergoing any form of surgery we explain the risks and potential complications to every patient and obtain their consent."

Suing for negligence

Mr Dailyn said he was told only of the potential benefits of the surgery.

"I would never have had it done if I had known it was going to be as bad as this," he said.

He is now suing the hospital for negligence.

NHS figures show there has been a 785% rise in weight-loss surgery over five years.

The NHS Information Centre revealed a rapid rise in the number of operations carried out for the most obese people in England.

In 2003/04 there were 480 procedures, rising to 4,246 in 2008/09. About 2,200 of these were gastric bypasses.

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