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Bariatric Surgery Worldwide

  • Luigi Angrisani
  • Giampaolo Formisano
  • Antonella SantonicolaEmail author
  • Ariola Hasani
  • Antonio Vitiello
Part of the Updates in Surgery book series (UPDATESSURG)

3.1 Introduction

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...

Keywords

Bariatric Surgery Morbid Obesity Sleeve Gastrectomy Adjustable Gastric Banding Bariatric Procedure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luigi Angrisani
  • Giampaolo Formisano
  • Antonella Santonicola
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ariola Hasani
  • Antonio Vitiello
  1. 1.Gastrointestinal Unit, Department of Medicine and SurgeryUniversity of SalernoSalernoItaly

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