A rational look at the apparent mess of bariatric surgery procedures and indications


COD: 463-468 Categorie: ,

Nicola Scopinaro

Ann. Ital. Chir., 2007; 78: 463-468

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A few years ago, at the annual meeting of the American
Society for Bariatric Surgery, someone presented an operation
consisting of a standard gastric bypass with removal
of the distal stomach, which, despite this, was named
“gastric bypass”. When I asked why the presenter was
calling bypass a gastrectomy, he answered that it was for
insurance reasons. An Italian surgeon frequently appears
in magazines and TV broadcast presenting jejunoileal
bypass as a totally innovative procedure. Not to mention
the so-called “gastric pacing”, which is still in use
after it has been unequivocally demonstrated that it does
not work at all.