In Suffolk too, the numbers have dropped from 62 to 35 over the same period.
The surgery is used as a last resort to treat people who are clinically obese. Weight loss is achieved by reducing the size of the stomach so smaller amounts of food are needed to make patients feel full, or through a gastric bypass, where the digestive system is re-routed past most of the stomach so less food is digested.
Director of Public Health for NHS North East Essex Dr Mike Gogarty, said: Rising obesity levels is a national issue and is a situation mirrored in north east Essex. We treat obesity as a priority and offer a range of services to support and advice people to live healthier lifestyles.
Weight Loss Surgery
en a person is facing a serious threat to their health due to being overweight and when other forms of treatment have not been successful.