First Edition

Obesity has become an epidemic worldwide. Bariatric and metabolic surgery is in a state of continuing flux. For the clinicians and other health-care professionals involved in the care of an obese patient, keeping up with all these changes is a challenging task. This new book will offer a comprehensive yet concise summary about obesity and its surgical management, making it an ideal guide for all.

The book’s 78 chapters are spread across 14 sections, each with an Honorary Section Editor. Each lead author was carefully selected and is an expert in their chosen subject. Over 150 experts from 20 countries across five continents have contributed to the content of the book.

The book covers all the aspects of bariatric and metabolic surgery including perioperative management, surgical techniques of common as well as newer procedures, complications, and outcomes. There are dedicated sections on revisional surgery, single-incision surgery and innovative endoscopic procedures. The book is well illustrated with photographs and video clips along with step-by-step guidance for a complete range of bariatric procedures. Medical aspects of obesity and metabolic syndrome are included in the introductory sections, and the last two sections cover diverse topics in this exciting field of bariatric and metabolic surgery.

I would like to express my deep appreciation and gratitude to the many people involved in the preparation of this book. First and foremost, the authors, for their timely submission of a high quality content within each chapter of the book. I would like to thank all the Honorary Section Editors who selflessly have invested enormous amounts of their time and energy in this project. I wish to record my special thanks to all the reviewers for their independent review of every chapter in the book. I would also like to mention Dr Natasha Das whose! careful atten- tion to detail as copy editor has been critical to the quality of the finished book. Finally, I would like to thank my family, especially my wife and children who missed me greatly during this time-consuming endeavour and for their encouragement in completing this book.

The book will serve as an excellent manual for a wide range of healthcare professionals including bariatric surgeons, general surgeons, trainees, physicians, anaesthesiologists, dieti- tians, psychologists, radiologists and nursing staff.

Sanjay Agrawal, MS, FRCSEd, FRCSGlasg, FRCS (Gen. Surg.)
Consultant Bariatric, Laparoscopic & Upper GI Surgeon, Homerton University Hospital, London, UK
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Blizard Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London, London, UK

Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric SurgeryTM, SOEMBSTM