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Stomach Stapling

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many stomach stapling operations took place in England, broken down by region, in each year between 1995 and 2002;[127702]

(2) what percentage of stomach stapling operations failed due to the patient overeating after the operation in the last 12 months. [127703]

The Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) database provides data on the number of surgical operations and procedures carried out in the National Health Service. Data on stomach stapling are collected under the code for partitioning of stomach. This code includes a number of procedures, and no further breakdown is available to identify stomach stapling procedures separately.HES data do not record information on the number of failed stomach stapling operations due to patients overeating.