Other specialist procedures

Although not strictly falling into the same class as the surgical operations that have been discussed in this section, it is important to mention intragastric balloons and implantable gastric stimulators, two new methods of weight loss that are becoming more widely available.

Neither of these is including in existing gidance publishd by NICE, the UK government's healthcare avisory body, so they are not readily provided on the NHS. However a gorwing number of surgeons are offering these procedures where they have been able to obtain special funding, are undertaking research on them, or offer them to private patients.