Conventionally, the prevalence of morbid obesity was considered to be predominant in urban (rich) population vs rural (poor). However, the recent report published in the National Daily1 has revealed startling figures – the prevalence of morbid obesity in rural India is to the extent of 22.5% as against 45.6% in urban Indian population. This fact leads to an alarming scenario that even a minor increase in the prevalence of morbid obesity amongst rural India can lead to a massive increase in the number of obese individuals at the National level. It is worth to note that the factors responsible for obesity in urban as well as the rural population are the same. The fast-changing lifestyles, blurring boundaries & increasing urbanisation has had its ill effect on these high numbers in our country.
The increasing prevalence of morbid obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, coupled with growing awareness and preference towards minimally invasive surgery, are the key factors driving the growing demand for Laparoscopic Bariatric, Metabolic Surgery procedures across the globe.
If we focus on India, the increasing access to the advanced technology devices for the surgical procedure in almost all the leading healthcare institutes has also had a positive influence on more eligible candidates opting to undergo Laparoscopic bariatric surgery. The surgeons at Government Medical Colleges & the attached Healthcare Institutes have tremendous potential to take up Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery. The poor patients depending on these Institutes cannot afford to go under the knife in the private hospitals. Here is an immense opportunity for every General Surgeon even in rural locations in India to elevate their skills and learn the nuances of Laparoscopic Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery.
IMMAST offers a comprehensive three-day course in Laparoscopic Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (November 13-15, 2018) that promises to cover a complete overview about Bariatrics. Learning about various procedures through video sessions, coupled with extensive hands-on experience of all anastomosis and different bariatric techniques on animal tissue model is a hallmark of the teaching at IMMAST. In addition to this, the course also involves a detailed module on Upper GI Flexible Endoscopy. The candidates also get an opportunity to train on the latest computerised simulators innovated at IMMAST.
The course participants not only get to learn and gain confidence about performing the procedure but also are taught every aspect of setting up an entire unit as well forming their team. IMMAST thus teaches the surgeon to make him self-sufficient and confident to embrace and practice Laparoscopic Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery when he goes back to his location. No participant would ever want to miss the opportunity that they get for informal interactions with eminent faculty members of International as well as National repute during the three-day course.
Do not get left behind; elevate your skills to practice and master the art of MAS with encompassing, hands-on training from the pioneering experts at IMMAST.