Operation for morbid obesity

Markus Weber, Markus K. Müller, Michael G. Sarr

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The prevalence of obesity has increased dramatically over the last several decades worldwide and is currently reaching epidemic proportions. One out of five Americans is currently obese. Morbid obesity, defined as body mass index (BMI) >40kg/m2, is associated with many diseases responsible for a high prevalence of morbidity and mortality, such as insulin-resistant diabetes mellitus, hypertension, coronary artery disease, hyperlipidemia, and sleep apnea. These direct weight-related complications eventuate in enormous health care costs. A consensus conference organized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1991 concluded that surgical therapies offer the best long-term approach for morbid obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAtlas of Upper Gastrointestinal and Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783540200048
StatePublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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