Four Decades of Bariatric Surgery in a Community Hospital of SpainBaltasar A*, Bou R, Bengochea M, Serra C, Pérez N, Arlandis F, Martínez R and Cipagauta L
Virgen de los Lirios Hospital and San Jorge Clinic, Alcoy, Spain
- Corresponding Author:
- Aniceto Baltasar, MD
Virgen de los Lirios Hospital and San Jorge Clinic
Cid 61, 03803-Alcoy, Alicante. Spain
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: January 06, 2017; Accepted Date: January 23, 2017; Published Date: January 27, 2017
Citation: Baltasar A, Bou R, Bengochea M, Serra C, Pérez N, et al. (2017) Four Decades of Bariatric Surgery in a Community Hospital of Spain. J Obes Weight Loss Ther 7:331. doi:10.4172/2165-7904.1000331
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Introduction: Bariatric surgical practice changes in the community setting may be under-reported. We present the developments in a Spanish bariatric surgical practice in the community setting of Alcoy from its origin in 1977 through the present.
Methods: Bariatric surgical techniques employed in a country community setting over the course of nearly four decades were reviewed retrospectively and qualitatively.
Results: Surgeons and medical professionals from Alcoy, Spain were involved in the evolution of bariatric surgery patient management and surgical technique from 1977s through 2017. During the last 40 years, 1,475 patients were treated in our clinics. Spanish bariatric surgeons contributed to advances in gastric bypass in the 1970s, vertical banded gastroplasty in the 1980s, bilio-pancreatic diversion/duodenal switch in the 1990s, and innovations associated with laparoscopy from the 1990s onward. Outcomes and approaches to prevention and treatment of bariatric surgical complications are reviewed from a community perspective. Contributions to the bariatric surgical nomenclature and weight-loss reporting are noted.
Conclusions: The practice of bariatric surgery in the community setting must be updated continuously, as in any human and surgical endeavor. Medical professionals in community bariatric practices should contribute their experiences to the field through all avenues of scientific interaction and publication.