oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Plastic surgery post-bariatric surgery : refresher course

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



Bariatric surgery for the morbidly obese patient is no longer just indicated for weight reduction, but has also become an important co-morbid disease modifier in these patients. As the procedures are becoming safer to perform and better understood, more and more obese patients are turning to this therapeutic modality for a long-lasting solution to their weight and medical problems. The accreditation of "bariatric centres of excellence" throughout the country have ensured a safe environment for these procedures to take place in, and also the appropriate follow-up and support that these patients require in the years following bariatric surgery. In these centres, the mortality for bariatric surgery procedures is documented at less than 1%, and the overall morbidity at about 8%.

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