Treatment of Morbid Obesity: Intensive Lifestyle Intervention vs. Bariatric Surgery
- *Corresponding Author:
- Carel le Roux
Experimental Pathology Conway Institute
School of Medicine and Medical Sciences
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: July 01, 2013; Accepted date: September 26, 2013; Published date: October 04, 2013
Citation: Bächler T, Papamargaritis D, Bueter M, le Roux CW (2013) Treatment of Morbid Obesity: Intensive Lifestyle Intervention vs. Bariatric Surgery. Surgery Curr Res 3:147.doi:10.4172/2161-1076.1000147
Copyright: © 2013 Bächler T, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Obesity has reached an epidemic dimension composing a serious threat to health systems worldwide. It has been associated with numerous comorbidities including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, cancer, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, arthritis, infertility, eating disorders, unemployment and a reduced quality of life. Bariatric surgery is currently the only effective treatment for severe obesity. Non-surgical treatment modalities include lifestyle changes, diet and/or exercise, with pharmacotherapy and less invasive medical devices. This article therefore aims to discuss the available therapy options including surgical and non-surgical treatments as well as to compare both modalities regarding their clinical effectiveness.