Obesity Surgery

, Volume 28, Issue 8, pp 2572–2577 | Cite as

History and Progress of Bariatric Surgery in Malaysia

  • Nik Ritza Kosai
  • Reynu RajanEmail author
Brief Communication


Bariatric surgery has become a popular treatment modality for obesity in Malaysia. However, the absence of a standardized national registry has led to paucity of information pertaining to quantity and quality of bariatric surgery in Malaysia. In the absence of a national registry, a nationwide survey was conducted with the aim of establishing a fair estimate of case volume based on type of procedure and to identify the total number of surgeons performing those procedures at their respective centers from 1st January 2010 to 31st December 2016. For this purpose, a questionnaire was designed and distributed to bariatric surgeons throughout Malaysia. The data along with a brief narrative of the history and progress of bariatric surgery in Malaysia is presented in this report.


Bariatric Obesity Malaysia Metabolic syndrome Laparoscopic surgery 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Statement of Informed Consent

For this type of study (retrospective), formal ethical approval is not required.

Statement of Human and Animal Rights

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Minimally Invasive, Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgery Unit, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC)Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, The National University of MalaysiaCherasMalaysia

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