Almost 1,700 people had obesity surgery on the NHS in 2023

Almost 1,700 people had obesity surgery on the NHS in 2023
Almost 1,700 people had obesity surgery on the NHS in 2023
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Last year, 1,965 people underwent obesity surgery. The average waiting time was 5.5 months, a duration that, according to official data, has been decreasing.

At the end of 2023, almost 1,400 patients were waiting for this surgery, which, according to the law, must be carried out within a maximum period of six months, as they are a normal priority.

In 2023, 1,965 people with obesity underwent surgery, 12 fewer than in 2022 and 391 more compared to 2021, within the scope of the Obesity Surgical Treatment Program (PTCO).

According to the Central Administration of the Health System (ACSS), the average waiting time for surgery has been decreasing: 10.4 months in 2021, 6.5 months in 2022 and 5.5 months in 2023.

In Portugal, 67.6% of the population is overweight or obese, with the prevalence of obesity being 28.7%, which corresponds to more than two million adults.

It is estimated that, in 2035, 39% of the adult population in Portugal will be obese. The outlook is for an annual growth of 2.8% in the disease between 2020 and 2035. In terms of childhood obesity, this annual growth will be higher (3.5%).

The article is in Portuguese

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