Bariatric Surgery Worldwide
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The obesity epidemic represents one of the main challenges for modern medicine. Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 10% of the world’s adult population is obese. Over the past decade, several studies have proved that bariatric surgery is the gold standard for the treatment of morbid obesity and weight-related comorbidities and is far more effective than nonsurgical interventions [1, 2]. However, only a small percentage of obese people actually undergo surgical treatment. Bariatric surgery has indeed evolved over time: several procedures have been developed over years, and some of them have already been abandoned. The choice of a specific bariatric procedure has been generally influenced by different factors, such as published results, worldwide trends, local conditions, and surgical-team experience. Four worldwide surveys of bariatric surgery have been published [3, 4, 5, 6], which offer snapshots of the evolution of this discipline...
KeywordsBariatric Surgery Morbid Obesity Sleeve Gastrectomy Adjustable Gastric Banding Bariatric Procedure
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