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Techniques, assessment, and effectiveness of bariatric surgery in combating obesity

Authors Papamargaritis DK, Pournaras DJ, le Roux C

Published 20 October 2010 Volume 2010:3 Pages 123—136


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Dimitrios K Papamargaritis, Dimitrios J Pournaras, Carel W Le Roux
Imperial Weight Centre, Imperial College London, London, UK

Abstract: Obesity is an epidemic disease, and its prevalence is predicted to rise in the future. Many health and social comorbidities, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, cancer, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, arthritis, infertility, eating disorders, unemployment, and low quality of life, have been associated with obesity. Nowadays, bariatric surgery is the only effective treatment for severe obesity. An increasing body of literature demonstrates significant remission of obesity-related comorbidities and an increase in life expectancy after surgical treatment. Unfortunately, serious complications can appear after surgery, and the careful preoperative assessment of patients is necessary to estimate the indications and contraindications of bariatric surgery. Recent studies report the lower complication and mortality rates when bariatric procedures are performed in high-volume centers. The purpose of this review is to describe the techniques of the currently used surgical procedures and the clinical effectiveness of bariatric surgery. Additionally, the possible complications and mortality rates after bariatric surgery are discussed.

Keywords: obesity, surgery, assessment, clinical effectiveness, complications

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