One after the other, the European Obesity Day on 19th May followed by the World Obesity Day on 23 May, shines a spotlight on the illness that is “obesity”. Some may contest these repeat events. In my view, any position, any event that raises awareness is welcome, as is information given about life hygiene rules including diet,
Bariatric surgery has become “metabolic”, due to its impact on illnesses such as diabetes and not just on excess weight, observed in studies but also in real life. This is constantly seen in my patients with excess weight and type 2 diabetes, operated without exception using the Le Goff Technique. Following the surgery, the diabetes improves,
Does pregnancy after obesity surgery come with conditions?
Scientific studies are reassurin about the results of pregnancies after obesity surgery, with no notable risk of congenital malformations, with the exception of a few cases of neural tube defects due to folic acid deficiencies (vitamin B9), neonatal haematological and neurological disorders (vitamin B12 deficiencies) and eye complications (vitamin A).
The press has reported, specialists have given their opinion… The various studies on bariatric surgery with 20 years and more of hindsight, few and far between indeed, seem to concur. And the least we can say is that initial enthusiasm has sometimes been disappointed.
A recent article* deals once again with the success rates of various surgical techniques,
Post-operative follow-up remains a major issue in obesity surgery. This is the conclusion every year and recently by the National academy of surgery and work by the French society for obesity surgery and metabolic diseases (SOFFCO-MM).
A few weeks ago, the Academy recalled: obesity surgery is not inconsequential (mortality, complications, deficiencies). In seven years,
When everything else has failed to treat severe morbid obesity (98% of cases), bariatric surgery is the last resort.
As such, bariatric surgery is life-saving and not purely aesthetic. While the primary goal is long-lasting excess weight loss, it will also have beneficial effects on the health in general, leading to a decrease or even disappearance of comorbidities,
I discover, without much surprise I might add, the latest WHO figures showing that infantile obesity is reaching alarming levels throughout the world. It is now estimated that 41 million children under five are overweight or obese in 2014. Especially hard-hitting, the epidemic has exploded in developing countries, particularly Africa and Asia, so much so that obese children are now more numerous in these countries than in developed countries.