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Major New Partner Hospital for Cosmetic Bliss Bariatric (Weight Loss Surgery) Patients

Cosmetic Bliss, leading UK Weight Loss Surgery provider and Dr Michal Cierny, specialist Bariatric Surgeon move to Breclav Hospital in order to establish a European Centre of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, and to meet the growing demand for surgery caused by the rise in levels of Morbid Obesity.

Launceston, United Kingdom, December 19, 2009 --( On 1st November 2009 Cosmetic Bliss and Dr Michal Cierny PhD (Bariatric Surgeon) moved from the BMI Clinic in Brno where they had worked for over two years performing Gastric Band operations and Sleeve Gastrectomies, to Breclav Hospital near Brno.

The move was carried out to enable Dr Cierny to create a European Centre of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery. Dr Cierny plans to develop and extend his activities in the field of Bariatric Surgery by offering a wider range of procedures for Czech patients and also for patients from English-speaking countries who are brought to him and cared for by Cosmetic Bliss. The new centre, The Bariatric and Metabolic Centre, Breclav Hospital will fully integrate the disciplines of the dietitians, diabetologists, internal medicine specialists, anaesthetists and surgeon, and the comprehensive resuscitation, cardiac and ICU facilities of this large and well equipped hospital enable those patients with serious health problems to safely undergo surgery. Breclav Hospital is currently the only hospital in Europe to hold certificates for international standards ISO 9001. ISO 13001 and OHSAS 18001.

Dr Cierny said “I am more than ever convinced that it is vital to have a complete multi-disciplinary approach to the problems of obesity. Surgery is shown to be the long-term solution to morbid obesity, but surgery is only truly effective when the patients can receive the support and continuing encouragement and guidance of other professionals in the journey through their weight loss after their surgical procedure.”

Michael Dermody, one of the directors of Cosmetic Bliss, the UK company that arranges for English-speaking patients from UK, Eire and the USA to come for Weight Loss Surgery to Dr Cierny and Breclav Hospital welcomed this move, and supported Dr Cierny’s comments. He added “I believe that psychological preparation for surgery, whether it is Banding, a Sleeve Gastrectomy, a Gastric Bypass or even a non-surgical intervention such as a stomach balloon is the most important factor in enabling the outcome of the procedure to be successful. I became even more aware of this during my own journey through weight loss after Dr Cierny performed a Sleeve Gastrectomy on me in September 2008. I have seen many cases of patients - both through the NHS and privately in the UK - going through weight loss surgery with inadequate preparation and information beforehand and little follow-up or counselling afterwards to enable them to understand the emotional changes and the changes in their relationship with food that weight loss after surgery brings about. We invest a great deal of our time and resources to ensure our patients are fully prepared for their procedure, and do our utmost to create a network of support, in terms of diet, nutrition and psychological assistance which our patients can call on in the months and years after their surgery. We really encourage our patients to maintain regular contact with us and with fellow patients. Quite honestly, Weight Loss Surgery is not a cheap nor an easy option, and it is wrong that people should make such a major investment, emotionally and financially, only to be left to fail because of inadequate preparation or poor support and follow up. In the UK, NICE (the National Institute for Clinical Excellence) has embraced the IFSO (International Federation of Surgeons in Obesity) criteria for acceptance of patients for surgical weight loss treatment, and part of those criteria involve careful psychological evaluation to ensure the patient is well placed to benefit from surgery. I know many UK PCTs set much tougher standards in terms of arbitrarily imposing higher BMI requirements on local candidates for surgery and this is clearly an attempt to limit the costs to the NHS of surgical procedures, but I believe they would be much better advised to concentrate on providing adequate support and counselling for those morbidly obese candidates for surgery they are able to afford to treat; in the long run this would prove a much more cost-effective option in terms of successful weight loss and the reduction of NHS costs in dealing with some of the co-morbidities associated with obesity such as Type II Diabetes and Hypertension.”

Cosmetic Bliss is well placed to accept new patients for surgery with Dr Cierny in Breclav Hospital because of the new unit, though there is a waiting list of approximately 1 month. Although UK based, Cosmetic Bliss takes patients to Breclav Hospital from all English Speaking countries (USA, Eire and UK) and has built a reputation for providing a full "hand-holding" service to patients having surgery, and for extended after-care.

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