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1.5 CME 1.5 CEU


George M. Eid, MD; Natan Zundel, MD

Target Audience:

Novice and experienced bariatric/metabolic surgeons, endoscopists, Bariatric Physicians, Primary Care Physicians, Pediatricians, Plastic Surgeons, residents, fellows, Legal Professionals, Nurses, Hospital Administrators, Nutritionists, Dieticians, and other Allied Health Professionals interested in the medical and surgical advancements and management of clinically severe obesity and who wish to expand their knowledge of emerging technologies and innovative procedures in the area of bariatric/metabolic surgery.

Course Overview:

Morbid obesity has become a major public health risk worldwide. Every year, millions of people suffer co-morbidities of obesity, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, sleep apnea, and any more, not to mention the psychological, social, and economical burdens of the disease. Weight loss surgery is the only proven treatment option to achieve long-term weight control, improving quality of life for the morbidly obese and lowering long-term health care costs by reducing the incidence of the comorbidities. Bariatric/metabolic surgery has been shown to be safe and effective, yet complication and weight-loss failure or recidivism continues to be challenges for the field. As patient and payer expectations remain high, innovative therapies need to be incorporated into treatment algorithms. National and Internationally recognized experts will discuss leading-edge clinical and technical innovations related to the advanced management and treatment of severe obesity. There will also be a strong emphasis on the role of endoscopy and innovative procedures. This symposium is unique in that it will incorporate both minimally invasive and endoscopic strategies to optimize patient outcomes.

Course Objectives:

After attending this activity, attendees should be able to:
• Describe criteria for identification of appropriate surgical candidates for innovative procedures
• Describe the principles underlying many of those approaches
• Discuss the latest data of both laparoscopic and endoscopic innovative procedures
• Describe the challenges limiting their daily clinic application
• Identify key risk management strategies
• Discuss advanced issues in the surgical treatment of clinically severe obesity.

Session Agenda

Intra-gastric Balloons: A complete Overview
Manoel P. Galvao Neto, MD
Endoscopic Management of GI Leaks, Fistulas and Other Complications after Bariatric Surgery
Bipan Chand, MD
Endoscopic Revisions for Weight Regain: Where do We Stand Now?
Christopher C. Thompson, MD, MSc
Primary Bariatric Procedures for Low BMI
Nicole Pena, MD
SADI's or SIPS: Ready for Prime Time?
Antonio J. Torres, MD, PhD
New Metabolic Procedures
Ricardo V. Cohen, MD
When and How to Revert a Gastric Bypass or Should We ?
Michel Gagner, MD
GERD after Bariatric Surgery : What can we do ?
Michel M. Murr, MD
Question & Answer Session