Bariatric surgery and the role of the clinical endocrinologist: 2011 update

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Objective: To discuss the emerging roles of bariatric surgery and clinical endocrinology within the context of obesity and diabetes mellitus comprehensive care plans and cost-effective strategies. Methods: Relevant literature is reviewed and clinical cases are presented. Results: The global obesity epidemic poses many challenges to clinical endocrinologists and has fomented a coordinated effort among specialists to revolutionize management paradigms. Technologic innovation drives the need for accelerated learning and research efforts in bariatric surgery. The national shortage of physicians with expertise in nutritional medicine compounds the management problems for this expanding patient population. Certain issues merit continued attention and research, such as gastric banding for mild obesity, surgery for treatment of diabetes, sleeve gastrectomy, and nutritional and metabolic consequences. Conclusion: Clinical endocrinologists should have a central role in the perioperative decision-making for patients undergoing bariatric surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)788-797
Number of pages10
JournalEndocrine Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2011


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