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European centers of excellence in bariatric surgery

[European centers of excellence in bariatric surgery]

A European initiative has been recently implemented regarding Obesity surgery. Centers of excellence have been acknowledged throughout the continent. A list of the existing can be consulted on the website: www.ifso.eu.org. Other candidates are likely to join them as soon as they will fulfill the criteria that are requested from the European Chapter of IFSO (International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity). Three centers are currently acknowledged in France, two in the UK, four in Spain, etc.
European Accreditation Council for Bariatric Surgery (EAC-BS) is the organization that examines the institutional facilities and the surgeon's qualifications and experience in order to ensure they offer safe and efficient management to morbidly obese and patients with other metabolic disorders that can be surgically treated (i.e. diabetes type 2).
The mission is therefore to ensure patient's safety and improve quality of services offered to the severely obese patients worldwide and in the meantime to encourage the health care providers to improve their services to a level of excellence.
There are two centers in the UK: South West Bariatric Surgery Group (Nuffield Hospital, Taunton), and Whittington Hospital (NHS Trust, London).
The French centers are: Polyclinique de Rillieux Lyon-Nord (69) - acron@polyclinique-rillieux.fr; Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, Paris (75) - www.hegp.fr; Centre privé de l'obésité de Nice (06) - www.obesite-info.com.
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