See one of our latest patients who was featured in the Sunday Post
Murray Seaton, 64, from Edinburgh came to us in 2014 weighing around 30 stone. After opting for a Sleeve Gastrectomy, Murray has shed 14 stone - allowing him "more energy and a new lifestyle". Murray's journey wasn't particularly straightforward, as you see in the article, but he admits it has "changed his life". Read about his amazing story here.
WLSS patient features on BBC news
One of our patients featured on a BBC news piece about a proposed new sugar tax. Have a look here, to see a video of the article.
Weight Loss Surgery Scotland team feature in the Daily Record
Read one of our patient's own account of how his difficult-to-control weight impacted his life, and how having a Sleeve Gastrectomy operation at Spire Murrayfield helped him to regain control.
It makes us particularly proud that our dietitian, Fred, gets a particular mention for the instrumental part he played in helping our patient understand what was needed to turn things around.
Read the full article online here
Success in another area of healthcare
You may or may not know, but our Weight Loss Surgery Scotland surgeons are also international experts in hernia surgery: Bruce Tulloh and Andrew De Beaux are co-Presidents of the European Hernia Society. Back in May 2014 they hosted the EHS Annual Congress in Edinburgh, which ran for 3.5 days and had 1,000 surgeons attend from all over the world. Not only was this event a roaring success with its attendees, but it was also recognised by the Scottish Events Awards - who awarded the congress 'Best Congress of 2014'. Well done to our surgeons Andrew and Bruce, who can be seen in this picture in the middle and left of the middle.
The team travel to Europe once again to reinforce their clinical excellence
Following on from their visit to a weight loss surgery centre in St Gallen early in 2014 (see article below), three members of the team made the trip to The Netherlands recently on another ideas sharing visit.
The clinic in Amsterdam is one of Europe's largest weight loss surgery hospitals. Like the Weight Loss Surgery Scotland team they work very closely with their patients, offering a full range of procedures including gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. The visit provided opportunity to learn how a high volume centre works, as well as take home some ideas of how to reinforce their own high standards of patient care and satisfaction.
Weight Loss Surgery Scotland supports healthy activities for charity
A local group of healthcare professionals meet regularly on their bikes to 'ride for charity'. They do a number of fun cycling days and sponsored cycle events to raise money for good causes, and the WLSS team showed their support for healthy activities by sponsoring the group. Here is one of the team members sporting his dashing WLSS (and Hernia Surgery Scotland) t-shirt.
Support for this team of 'charity bike-riders' is the latest in a line of active lifestyle sponsorships from the WLSS team - you can read a short piece below on WLSS's sponsorship of Edinburgh Spartans football team also.
Weight Loss Surgery Scotland travels to pioneering centre
Some of the Weight Loss Surgery Scotland team travelled to Switzerland last month in a 'best practice' sharing exercise with one of their leading weight loss surgery clinics.
Surgeons Andrew De Beaux and Pete Lamb, along with Specialist Bariatric Surgery Nurse Lorna travelled to the eSwiss clinic in St Gallen in a visit designed to share ideas and techniques around effective weight loss surgery. A lot of information was shared between the two teams, particularly around gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures, and the visit helped give the WLSS team an insight into how the clinics are setup and run in other European countries.
The eSwiss clinic is run by leading surgeons and doctors with years of experience in bariatric surgery.
Inspired by the visit, all three team members returned home to Scotland with fresh ideas of how to further develop the Weight Loss Surgery Scotland clinic.
They'd be happy to talk about their experience at your next visit if you're interested in knowing more; just ask.
Charlene in the press
It seems it's not just us who were impressed with former patient Charlene's triathlon achievement (see below). The Sunday Post also took an interest. Charlene had a sleeve gastrectomy procedure with us in 2011. You can see the feature article by clicking here
WLSS patient completes Edinburgh Triathlon
What an achievement! WLSS patient Charlene took part in the New Year's Day Edinburgh Triathlon 2014, completing it in an incredibly impressive 1hr 55mins. Charlene is delighted with her achievement, and all at Weight Loss Surgery Scotland are delighted for her. Well done Charlene.
Taxi for WLSS
Our taxi has been snapped again on the streets of Edinburgh. Look out for it on your way around town and send us a Tweet if you see it @WLsurgscotland
App included in NHS app library
Our app, after quite a long process, has been peer reviewed and deemed of sufficient quality to be included in the NHS app library. We are very proud to have achieved this 'seal of approval' and hope that people can continue to benefit from this valuable resource.
Click here to download our iPhone app from the app store
Weight Loss Surgery Scotland pioneers new treatment
On Thursday 6th June the WLSS team carried out a procedure to implant an EndobarrierTM device. This is the first procedure of its kind in Scotland and makes great strides in the development of new techniques to help combat obesity and the associated illnesses. The ultra thin sleeve is placed in the duodenum and upper part of the small intestine to reduce appetite stimulation and lower calorie absorption, with the primary effect that it can 'cure' diabetes. Weight Loss Surgery Scotland are committed to providing the best quality care and sustained weight loss for their patients, and this represents another positive step in not just obesity management, but diabetes disease management too. You can read our story in the links below:
Edinburgh's Spartans sponsorship from Weight Loss Surgery Scotland
The team at Weight Loss Surgery Scotland continued their support of the local community recently by agreeing a sponsorship deal with The Spartans FC, based in Edinburgh. The agreement sees WLSS sponsor the 5-a-side pitch.
Weight Loss Surgery Scotland on television
Did you see us? We aired on Channel 5 on Tuesday 7th May. You would have seen a few members of our bariatric surgery team in Edinburgh. Let us know if you did see us, and what you thought.
Missed us? follow this link to view the episode on which we featured: http://www.channel5.com/shows/big-body-squad/episodes/episode-5-411
Weight Loss Surgery Scotland on television
Weight Loss Surgery Scotland have been filmed on 'Big Body Squad' on Channel 5, which is currently airing. The show we feature on hasn't been on yet, but we expect to make our television appearance during April or May. The Big Body Squad is broadcast at 8pm on Tuesdays on Channel 5.
The documentary was filmed during Brian's Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve) surgery. A video of Brian telling us about his experince can be seen on our home page. Those who saw the programme would also have had a glimpse of our weight loss surgeons - Bruce Tulloh and Andrew de Beaux in action.
Weight Loss Surgery Scotland app is here
The team at WLSS are very proud to release their very own weight loss surgery iPhone app. This free app contains information about common weight loss procedures (gastric band, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy), weight loss diets and the pre-operative and post-operative journey associated with weight loss surgery. In addition, you will get details about our surgeons, practice, and support team, as well as lots of advice to help you understand what weight loss surgery involves.
Click here to download our iPhone app from the app store.
Have you seen this Edinburgh taxi? It advertises our service here and we're told it's one of the most photographed taxi cabs in Edinburgh
Weight Loss Surgery Scotland at The Edinburgh Clinic
Look out for the new Weight Loss Surgery Scotland clinic which will open at The Edinburgh Clinic, 40 Colinton Road, Edinburgh EH10 5BT.
A beautifully renovated Edinburgh mansion is the plush setting for this clinic.
Thinking about weight loss surgery? - come for a chat. We're happy to see any patient following weight loss surgery, for gastric band fills, or even dietary and lifestyle advice. Open to any patient including those who have had weight loss surgery outside of Edinburgh. Specialist weight loss surgery nurse, dietician, surgeon and radiologist will be available at this clinic
Weight Loss Surgery Scotland app
The much awaited smartphone app will very soon be available to download for FREE. It has information for prospective patients, but also useful functions for post surgery patients - including a diary to record clinic appointments, band fills etc as well as the ability to graphically plot calories and weight over time.
Weight Loss Surgery Scotland attend BOMSS (British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society) Annual Conference
Andrew de Beaux, Bruce Tulloh, Peter Lamb, Carol Sutherland and Lorna Hunter attended the BOMSS meeting in Glasgow, January 24-25. Two research presentations were made by the team and Andrew de Beaux chaired one of the free paper sessions.
Weight Loss Surgery Scotland information video launches on YouTube
We have created a video which introduces people to the WLSS service. This will feature on the new app when it goes live, but in the meantime you can see us on our YouTube channel - just click here
Weight Loss Surgery Scotland app to be launched
In early 2013 WLSS will launch their new weight loss app for the iPhone. Look out for this fantastic new way to get information and keep in touch with the WLSS team.
Information on how to get the app can be found here when it is available.
WLSS on Big Body Squad
The Weight Loss Surgery Scotland team have been involved in the production of the TV series Big Body Squad. Look out for us when the programme goes on air early this year.
13th Nov 2012
Surgeons in California perform a new type of weight loss surgery called 'Gastric Plication'. This operation is not currently performed routinely as it is still in the experimental stages. Click here to read more.
10th Nov 2012
Obesity is costing Scotland £450 million per year, but estimates suggest that this could top £3 billion per year if the situation goes unchecked. Click here to read more.
28th Oct 2012
A controvertial government backed universal system of food labelling will come into force next year. This represents one strategy to help the nation fight its gripping obesity epidemic. Click here to read more.
Weight Loss Surgery Scotland Surgeons from Edinburgh link up with the Royal College of General Practitioners to host a study day on current problems and challenges of overweight patients. The program focuses on the reasons behind obesity in individual patients, the challenges this leads to and the treatment options available.