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Wednesday 6 December 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Bariatric surgery

This year
Medics call for national registry of patients who underwent weight-loss surgery abroad
A study has found that complications from poorly done procedures are causing the HSE thousands of euro to fix.
All time
This surgery could help solve Ireland's obesity crisis and save the country billions
A group of doctors say that, for many people, prevention methods are already too late and other interventions are needed.
More than €4.5 million was spent on liposuction in public hospitals since 2009
The number of people receiving the surgery has increased by 50% since 2011.
Over €1 million spent last year on surgeries for morbidly obese people
Ireland is on course to become the fattest nation in Europe within 10 years.
Ireland is carrying out less than one weight loss surgery a week
“The funding for more surgery just isn’t there. But there is the need and we’ve identified the need.”