BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, April 25, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Leading cosmetic surgeon Paul Super from the UK's biggest weight loss surgery provider, The Hospital Group, has been seen tackling Britain's obesity epidemic on primetime television.
Mr Super, who is said to have performed 20 per cent of all the gastric band operations in the UK, assesses three patients in 'The Hospital' programme and advises them on their procedure.
Such is the interest in The Hospital Group's weight loss procedures, bookings have increased to levels above that of the NHS.
While the NHS reported that it had performed 2,724 weight-loss operations in 2008, The Hospital Group performed a total of 3,015 gastric procedures in the same period.
Along with surgery partner Why Go Abroad, the huge number of operations booked with The Group reflects a growing trend of people forced into going private in their quest for a perfect, healthier body as the NHS buckles under the strain of demand.
The Hospital Group has seen a 73.9% increase in interest in weight loss surgery, with a staggering 12,848 people seeking surgery in 2008. In 2007, 7,385 people enquired into gastric procedures.
David Ross, Chief Executive of The Hospital Group said: "Despite the current financial climate, we are still seeing a huge rise in interest in gastric surgery. It would seem that, despite everything, people seeking weight loss surgery are willing to spend more on private surgery to avoid long NHS waiting lists.
"At The Hospital Group, people can be assured of a dedicated, professional service, with astounding success rates and a limited waiting time. The huge rise seen industry-wide shows the new demand for weight loss surgery, and it would seem the NHS just can't cope with this demand.
"The Fern Britton effect has made people more aware of what obesity surgery can achieve, and it looks like people are really recognising the huge benefits of gastric surgery. Certainly, The Hospital Group experienced a surge in enquiries whenever the media covered Fern's procedure."
The Hospital Group is committed to providing the very highest standards and all procedures are performed by an expert medical team in state-of-the-art facilities that are second to none. Since The Hospital Group was established in 1992, it has grown from a small pharmaceutical company to one of the UK's foremost weight loss surgery providers.
For further information of The Hospital Group's range of gastric and cosmetic surgery procedures, surgery-seekers should visit the website http://www.thehospitalgroup.org or call our patient care coordinators on 0845 762 6727.