Man issues warning after weight-loss surgery goes wrongby Joseph Jeffries
A man who became ill after undergoing drastic weight-loss surgery has issued a warning over the potential risks of the treatment.
According to BBC News, 47-year-old Tim Daily from Newport Pagnell has been unable to eat solid food since his gastric bypass operation in October 2008.
He now has to be fed through a tube in his stomach and has to regularly take morphine to control the pain. Mr Daily did lose 12 stones following the operation, but the weight loss seems to have come at a heavy price.
This case underlines the dangers of gastric bypass operations, and those who wish to lose weight may be be better off choosing alternatives to surgery instead, such as weight loss hypnotherapy.
Mr Daily claims that he was only ever told of the potential benefits of surgery and is looking to make a compensation claim.
"I would never have had it done if I had known it was going to be as bad as this," Mr Daily said.
However, the hospital that carried out the operation maintains that Mr Daily was warned of the potential risks of surgery. "With every gastric bypass operation there is a five per cent risk of complications after surgery," an NHS spokesperson told BBC News.
The Independent recently reported a 785% rise in weight-loss surgery over recent years. Just 480 procedures were carried out between 2003 and 2004, a figure which rose to 4,246 in 2008 - 2009.