Issue: 2013 > January > review

Bariatric surgery is an effective treatment for morbid obesity

A. Schigt, V.E.A. Gerdes, H.A. Cense, F.J. Berends, F.M.H. van Dielen, I. Janssen, A. van der Laar, B.A. van Wagensveld, J.A. Romijn, M.J. Serlie


The global obesity epidemic is also affecting the Netherlands, paralleled by a proportional increase in the
number of morbidly obese persons. Bariatric surgery has
been included as a treatment for morbid obesity in the
Dutch Guideline for Obesity (2008). Nonetheless, bariatric surgery is applied in only a limited number of morbidly obese subjects in the Netherlands. Based on the most recent literature and Dutch statistics, this review provides a summary of current knowledge on the impact of obesity on health and health care and highlights the effective role of bariatric surgery in reducing this threat to public health.