The Globesity Challenge to General Surgery

A Guide to Strategy and Techniques

  • Mirto Foletto
  • Raul J. Rosenthal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Roberto Fabris, Roberto Serra, Roberto Vettor
    Pages 1-8
  3. Ermenegildo Eldo Frezza, Mitchell S. Wacthel
    Pages 9-16
  4. Malihe Shams, Irene Favara, Elisa Meneghello, Fabiola Barzon, Alice Albanese
    Pages 17-26
  5. Johannes F. Smulders, Jack J. Jakimowicz, Marc P. Buise
    Pages 55-69
  6. Maria Rosa Pelizzo, Isabella Merante Boschin, Rosario Marchese Ragona
    Pages 71-82
  7. Gino Gerosa, Marco Schiavon, Giuseppe Marulli, Vincenzo Tarzia, Federico Rea
    Pages 83-108
  8. Gianfranco Silecchia, Carola Severi, Mario Rizzello
    Pages 109-139
  9. Mauro Toppino
    Pages 141-153
  10. Emanuele Lo Menzo, Samuel Szomstein, Raul J. Rosenthal
    Pages 155-170
  11. Marina S. Kurian, John J. Loy
    Pages 171-185
  12. Gerald J. Gracia, Maria Altieri, Aurora D. Pryor
    Pages 187-212
  13. Enrico Melega, Mirto Foletto, Donato Nitti
    Pages 213-221
  14. Vincenzo Vindigni, Laura Masetto, Franco Bassetto
    Pages 223-236
  15. Luigi Angrisani, Michele Lorenzo
    Pages 237-246

About this book


The increasing prevalence of morbid obesity has led the World Health Organization to coin the descriptive term “globesity” to reflect the worldwide nature of the problem. Providing health care to these patients, especially when surgery is required, can be extremely challenging owing to the specific needs in respect of logistics, facilities, and professional expertise. Appropriate care has too often been unachievable and unaffordable outside of established bariatric centers, but such centers themselves usually have insufficient capacity and resources to cope with growing demand.

This book aims to provide guidance and helpful tips and tricks on how to deal with obese patients within a general surgery setting. Epidemiology, organizational and logistical aspects, nursing issues, patient assessment, anesthesiology, and surgical practicalities are expertly covered in the opening chapters. Techniques of relevance to the general surgeon are described according to anatomic region, covering the head and neck; cardiothoracic and vascular system; upper and lower GI tract; pancreas, liver and adrenal glands; urinary tract and kidneys; the reproductive system; and the abdominal wall. Results achieved by bariatric surgery worldwide are reviewed, and the book closes with a chapter devoted to plastic and reconstructive surgery. The Globesity Challenge to General Surgery highlights a need for global rethinking on public health as regards resource allocation and patterns and standards of care, improving outcomes through greater affordability.


General Surgery Globesity Medicine and Public Health Metabolic Syndrome Minimally Invasive Surgery Morbid Obesity

Editors and affiliations

  • Mirto Foletto
    • 1
  • Raul J. Rosenthal
    • 2
  1. 1.Clinica Chirurgica 1Università degli Studi di PadovaPadovaItaly
  2. 2.Department of General SurgeryCleveland Clinic FloridaWestonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Italia 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Milano
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-88-470-5381-6
  • Online ISBN 978-88-470-5382-3
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