Benefits of Bariatric Surgery and Perioperative Surgical Safety - European Medical Journal

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery and Perioperative Surgical Safety

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Ji Chung Tham,1 *Carel W. le Roux2,3

The authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

Bariatric, long-term, metabolic, safety

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Obesity is a worldwide problem with numerous associated health problems. The number of patients eligible for surgery outnumber surgical capacity and so patients need to be prioritised based on their obesity- related health burden and comorbidities. Weight loss as a result of bariatric surgery is significant and maintained in the long term. In addition to weight loss, patient health improves in terms of metabolic, macrovascular, and microvascular disease. As a result, quality of life is better, along with psychosocial wellbeing. Bariatric surgery is associated with a relatively low number of complications and appears to result in a reduction in mortality risk due to the resolution of comorbidities. Hence, surgery can now be routinely considered as an adjunct to medical therapy in the management of obesity.

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