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Ist International Symposium on Non Invasive Bariatric Techniques
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Ist International Symposium on Non Invasive Bariatric Techniques

[Ist International Symposium on Non Invasive Bariatric Techniques]

Ist International Symposium on Non Invasive Bariatric Techniques
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May 13-14, 2011, Espace Tête d’Or, Lyon, France
PRESIDENTS: Dr Jerome Dargent (Lyon, France), Dr Giovanni Dapri (Brussels, Belgium)

After a rapid growth period, bariatric surgery has been entering a plateau phase. The « market » looks mature and the majority of the obese population still does not take advantage from the surgical possibilities, despite good public information and awareness in the medical community. This makes sense if one realizes that most patients are afraid of the risks and adverse consequences of surgical treatments.
Hence, clinical research should be oriented towards less invasive procedures that could be accepted by the mainstream. In 2011, it is obvious that non invasive bariatric techniques are down the road. Although most of them are not yet standardized and sufficiently assessed, they are being constantly upgraded.
The purpose of this meeting was to elicit discussion among experts from worldwide, gather relevant information on new technologies that will make it possible to enlarge the vision of bariatric cares to a growing number of morbid obese and non morbid obese patients.
The program has been divided into five parts: 1. Procedures that aim at lowering the « surgical trauma », mostly the single-trocar approach and the NOTES approach. They raise important questions, e.g. do we have the instruments we need? Is the upgrade relevant versus the typical lap-approach?  2. Techniques that are available through « natural orifices », hopefully the most promising, provided they can prove satisfactory and long-standing. 3. New technologies, like neuro-stimulation. 4. Transversal issues: the role of the anesthesiologist, the control that should exist from the  gastro-enterologist, etc. 5. Round tables that will make it possible to reach a consensus on some matters, if not guide-lines for the forthcoming evolutions.

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