Bariatric Surgery: Current State of Affairs

  • Katherine S. Blevins
  • Dan E. Azagury
  • John Magaña MortonEmail author


Bariatric surgery has been shown to be an effective treatment for obesity and obesity-related comorbidities. The adoption of bariatric surgery has progressed over the last four decades, yet still only approximately 1% of those who qualify for surgical treatment of obesity actually have an operation. This, combined with the increasing prevalence of obesity, shows the unmet need in the treatment of obesity. Here, we review the adoption of bariatric surgery around the globe, examining factors that contribute to the implementation of surgical management. We also explore future directions in obesity management and bariatric surgery in the multidisciplinary care of obesity.


Global bariatric surgery Current state bariatric surgery Bariatric surgery adoption Bariatric emerging technology Obesity surgical treatment gap 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katherine S. Blevins
    • 1
  • Dan E. Azagury
    • 2
  • John Magaña Morton
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryStamford HospitalStanfordUSA

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