1. Obesity has been a problem in human population since medieval times, however it is recognised as a worldwide epidemy in the latter 20 years. International medical community has agreed that obesity has to be treated as any other disease.
  2. There is earlier evidence of similar to bariatric surgery procedures performed in the 10th century, however bariatric surgery as we know it today has been developed since 1950ties. The 1st laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery was performed in 1994 by Dr Alan Wittgrove, US.
  3. There are more than 507 000 bariatric surgeries perfomed in the world in 2021.
  4. The majority of patients with obesity who undergo bariatric metabolic procedures are female.
  5. Males were more likely than females to report having Diabetes, OSA, dyslipidemia and hypertension at the time of their bariatric metabolic procedure, where as females were more likely to report depression.

6. The majority of bariatric operations performed in the world in 2021 were sleeve gastrectomies (~60%), followed by Roux en Y gastric bypass procedures.

7. Weight loss surgery can resolve or significantly lessen weight-related health problems, such as:

  • diabetes type II,
  • hypertension,
  • sleep apnea,
  • asthma,
  • PCOS,
  • joint and back pains and other.

8.  By recent studies weight loss surgery prolongs the person’s life in average by 9 years.

9. Bariatric metabolic surgery is very safe. The reported death rate following surgery in 2022 was 0-0.11%.

*Information sources: National Institute of Health, IFSO Global report 2022 (The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders)

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