Ethics Key Question in Bariatric Surgery: FALS conference

The Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endosurgeons (IAGES) organised its 2nd Fellowship program in bariatric and metabolic surgery (FALS) between 6-8 October in Mumbai.

The event saw a congregation of over 180 bariatric surgeons from across India who received training from the top bariatric surgeons in the country during the three-day fellowship program. The event covered many critical aspects concerning bariatric industry worldwide such as advances in bariatric surgery, complications, co-morbidities and associated diseases and so on.

Dr Phil Schauer from Cleveland Clinic, during the program shared the results derived from a five-year trial known as Surgical Therapy and Medications Potentially Eradicate Diabetes Efficiently (STAMPEDE) that showed excellent outcomes of surgery in diabetics. The study found that bariatric surgery gives Type 2 diabetes sufferers a much better chance at remission than conventional treatments that combine lifestyle counseling with medications. “The really surprising thing, especially for gastric bypass patients, is that nearly a third sustained a complete remission of diabetes,” said Dr Philip Schauer, director of the Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute and lead author of the study.

Dr Ramen Goel, Director Bariatric and Metabolic surgery at Wockhardt Hospitals and Organising Chairman, FALS Bariatric highlighted the need for ethical practice in the …

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