OBESITY AND METABOLIC SURGERY SOCIETY OF INDIA
OSSI POSITION STATEMENT
1. Obesity is a disease and not just a life style disorder.
2. Bariatric and metabolic surgeries are gastrointestinal surgeries to improve, prevent and/or treat obesity and its co morbidities which may be life threatening. This is a life saving surgery and not cosmetic surgery.
3. Asians and in particular the Indian population needs a more aggressive approach in treating obesity and its co-morbidities as it is associated with higher morbidity and mortality at a relatively lower BMI.
4. Presently accepted bariatric and metabolic surgeries are restrictive, malabsorbtive and combined procedures.
5. Surgery for treatment of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome in patients with or without obesity is considered as metabolic surgery since these gastrointestinal surgical procedures have anti diabetic & metabolic effects independent of weight loss.
6. All surgeons who are ‘full members’ of OSSI are members of IFSO (International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders) and are eligible to perform bariatric & metabolic surgery.
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Statement issued at the EC Meeting on 27th October 2013 at Pune
From Left to Right : Dr Rajkumar Palaniappan, Dr Parveen Bhatia, Dr Jayashri Todkar (Joint Secretary), Dr Manish Khaitan, Dr PK Reddy, Dr Rajesh Khullar (Secretary), Dr Shashank Shah (President), Dr S Dhorepatil (Hon. President), Dr Surendra Ugale, Dr Sanjay Patolia (Treasurer), Dr N Dukkapatti, Dr M Narwaria ( Former President ) & Dr Arun Prasad ( Vice President )