Obesity Surgery

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 260–270 | Cite as

Interdisciplinary European Guidelines for Surgery for Severe (Morbid) Obesity

  • Martin Fried
  • Vojtech Hainer
  • Arnaud Basdevant
  • Henry Buchwald
  • Mervyn Deitel
  • Nicholas Finer
  • Jan Willem M. Greve
  • Fritz Horber
  • Elisabeth Mathus–Vliegen
  • Nicola Scopinaro
  • Rudolf Steffen
  • Constantine Tsigos
  • Rudolf Weiner
  • Kurt Widhalm


In 2005, for the first time, an expert panel named “The Bariatric Scientific Collaborative Group” (BSCG), was appointed through a joint effort of the major European Scientific Societies which are active in the field of obesity management. Societies that constituted this panel were: International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity – European Chapter (IFSO-EC), European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), European Childhood Obesity Group (ECOG) and the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) which was represented during the completion process by its representatives.

The BSCG was composed of officers representing the respective Scientific Societies (including four acting Presidents, two past Presidents, one Honorary President, and three Executive Directors). The panel was also balanced by the presence of many other opinion leaders in the field of obesity. The BSCG composition allowed coverage of the key disciplines in comprehensive obesity management, as well as being reflective of European geographic and ethnic diversity.

This joint BSCG Expert Panel has convened several meetings which were entirely focused on guideline creation during the past 2 years. There was a specific effort to develop and concur on clinical guidelines which reflect current knowledge, expertise and evidence- based data on treatment of morbid obesity.


Obesity Gastric Bypass Morbid Obesity Gastric Banding Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Fried
    • 1
    • 15
  • Vojtech Hainer
    • 2
  • Arnaud Basdevant
    • 3
  • Henry Buchwald
    • 4
  • Mervyn Deitel
    • 5
  • Nicholas Finer
    • 6
  • Jan Willem M. Greve
    • 7
  • Fritz Horber
    • 8
  • Elisabeth Mathus–Vliegen
    • 9
  • Nicola Scopinaro
    • 10
  • Rudolf Steffen
    • 11
  • Constantine Tsigos
    • 12
  • Rudolf Weiner
    • 13
  • Kurt Widhalm
    • 14
  1. 1.Clinical Center for Minimally Invasive and Bariatric SurgeryPragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Institute of Endocrinology, 1st and 3rd Medical FacultyCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic
  3. 3.INSERM, U755 NutriomiqueUniversity of Paris and AP-HPParisFrance
  4. 4.Department of SurgeryUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  5. 5.OBESITY SURGERYTorontoCanada
  6. 6.Wellcome Clinical Research Facility Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Senior Clinical Research Associate, University of Cambridge School for Clinical MedicineCambridgeUK
  7. 7.Department of Surgery University Hospital MaastrichtMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  8. 8.Clinik Lindberg AGWinterthurSwitzerland
  9. 9.Academic Medical Centre, Department of Gastroenterology and HepatologyUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  10. 10.University of GenoaGenoaItaly
  11. 11.Beau-Site Clinic Berne, Hirslanden GroupBerneSwitzerland
  12. 12.Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes UnitEvgenidion Hospital, University of Athens Medical SchoolAthensGreece
  13. 13.Sachsenhausen Hospital and Center for Minimally invasive SurgeryJohan Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am MainFrankfurt am MainGermany
  14. 14.Department of Pediatrics, Nutrition and MetabolismMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  15. 15.1st Medical FacultyCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic

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