Why is specialization specifically in instrumental procedures and obesity surgery necessary ?
The answer is simple. Obesity surgery and any instrumental obesity procedure involves great technical difficulty due to the general situation of the patients. The fact that the patient is overweight and has an accumulation of fat in areas such as the upper abdomen increases the level of technical difficulty compared to other surgeries.
Therefore, before submitting to any instrumental obesity procedure, it must be ensured that the surgeon or the specialist providing the treatment has proven experience in this field. If so, the risks are minimal with optimal results. Conversely, if the specialist does not have proven experience in the field, the patient would be exposed to unnecessary risks.
Why submit to surgery ?
Many patients ask this question. Why submit to obesity surgery if in most cases we do not feel sick? The answer here is simple: because actually, they really are sick, even if they are not aware of it.
Nowadays, there are countless studies showing that an obese patient is a person with an alteration in the normal physiology of the organism. This has been proven by the measurement of many indicators which show that the obese patient's body is kept in a chronic inflammatory condition that can cause improper scarring, hypertension, diabetes, high susceptibility to infections and which can even lead to cancer.
For these reasons, the life of an obese patient is shorter than the life of a person without obesity.
The conclusion is simple: in the hands of an experienced surgeon the risks of any instrumental procedure are minimal, compared with the risks of obesity itself.
Health records show the effectiveness of surgery in the control of obesity and related risk factors.
Sweden, a developed European country, has shown that surgery removes the risk factors and improves our quality of life and life expectancy. Sweden is the country with the best health record across the European Union. There is a common national registry where all patient diagnoses, surgical procedures performed and their risk factors are recorded. This allows for a detailed analysis of the results of obesity surgeries. Based on this registry, a prominent scientific publication has shown that patients who have undergone surgery for obesity have a quality of life and life expectancy equal to that of the non-obese population.
In other words, surgery not only allows them to maintain a normal weight, it also offers the same life expectancy as if they had never been obese.
Obesity is more harmful to our health than smoking or excess alcohol. The increase in chronic conditions due to obesity shortens life expectancy by about 20 years. In Europe, one in five middle-age adults is obese. In Spain, 15.5% of adults are obese.