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We are delighted to announce the launch of the National Bariatric Surgery Registry

This new registry is the result of a collaboration between ALSGBI (Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland), AUGIS (Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery), BOMSS (British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society) and Dendrite Clinical Systems. The key objective of the registry is to accumulate sufficient data to allow the publication of a comprehensive report on outcomes following bariatric surgery. This will include reportage on weight loss, comorbidity and improvement of quality of life.

Obesity is a 21st. Century epidemic for which the only effective treatment is surgery.  In Great Britain and Ireland bariatric surgery is becoming the fastest-growing specialty.  Its role as a treatment for metabolic disease is now recognized as it leads to remission of type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

Data collection is crucial, not only for baseline audit of operative outcomes but also for follow up of metabolic disease over time.  We encourage bariatric surgeons to contribute to this database so that health commissioners may be influenced to increase surgery provision for our increasingly obese population.