News involving medical equipment made the headlines again two weeks ago when Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty 36, considered the world’s heaviest woman at 500kg, underwent a Gastric band procedure to help her lose weight.
Her severe weight gain began its roots in childhood when she battled with lymphoedema. Her weight continued to increase until she was struck down with a stroke at just 11 leaving her bedridden.
What are the most common types of weight loss surgery?
The most popular type of weight loss surgery is ‘Gastric band’ surgery. This involves tying a band around the stomach to reduce its size, leaving the individual feeling fuller quicker. The second common form of surgery is a gastric bypass. This is where surgeons literally ‘bypass’ and redirect the digestive system around the stomach giving the individual a ‘full’ sensation during mealtime quickly.
How common is by-pass surgery?
Worryingly, gastric bypass surgery is on the rise with cases up a whopping 530% in 6 years and thought to cost the NHS a shocking £85million a year.
What are the leading medical technology providers in gastric bands?
- Ethicon (part of the Johnson and Johnson company)
- Apollo Endosurgery
- Cousin Biotech
What do the stats say?
- It was estimated that in 2013 1 in 4 of the UK adult population was considered obese
- The WHO reported that approx. 1.9 billion adults were considered obese globally
- Being over weight is considered the fifth leading risk for global deaths.
- Most sadly, the WHO also reported that the rate of obese children (under 11) has already increased from 17.5% in 2006-2007 to 19.1% at the end of 2015.
What is causing this increase?
People’s lifestyles have changed a lot over the last 100 years. The availability and affordability of fast food along with technology making eating more convenient for us are just some of the many proposed reasons for this.
The medical device industry is evolving every day to help combat this problem but the issue also needs to be tackled with the avoidable issues that cause this before it starts.
What are your thoughts on the epidemic?
Simon Broadway, UK Team Leader at Projectus Consulting.