From the 30th of April until the 3rd of May it will be taking place in Brussels, Belgium, the 6th Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO), European Chapter.
There are different types of weight loss or bariatric surgery. Gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgeries make changes to your digestive system to help you reach your ideal weight by limiting how much you can eat or by reducing the absorption of nutrients, or both.
The congress will be dedicated to the newest advances and research on that specific medical area, focusing on new surgical techniques, and new debates regarding specific protocols, cost savings and technology. It will also be discussed the importance of alliances between physicians and governments to try to alleviate the obesity epidemic in Western countries.
One of the main topics will be the post-operatory process, a debate will be raised regarding the weight gain that has been proven to appear between the third and sixth postoperative year. The main risk factors for weight gain are behavioral and psychological matters, which can be detected in the preoperative assessment. It has been proven that the weight loss surgery requires a lifelong commitment in eating patterns and lifestyle to be truly successful.
In the IFSO congress, today Medtep will have some prominence thanks to Dr. Joan Pujol-Ràfols. Dr. Pujol is a specialist in general and digestive surgery, has been the Head of the Department of Surgery at the Tres Torres Clinic in Barcelona, and Director of the Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Unit (UCOM) since 1996. He will be discussing e-health topics and will mention a study being initiated in collaboration with Medtep on personalized medicine and online monitoring of postoperative follow-up for patients that have undergone a bariatric surgery.
The presentation of this collaboration is part of the major topic that is inferred from the discussions and debates initiated in this congress, which is, as stated before, the importance of keeping a healthy lifestyle, not only to maintain the benefits from a bariatric surgery, but mostly to prevent citizens of gaining harmful body weight.
The next important IFSO congress will be the world edition, which will take place in Montreal, Canada, on August 26th to the 30th. To know more about the congress please refer to http://www.ifsobrussels.com/ and http://www.ifso2014.com/
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