“The risk of letting patients continue to suffer from obesity and overweight is higher than letting them undergo surgery,” Stanford University surgeon Homero Rivas has said.

Dr. Rivas, who is an expert in ‘single-incision laparoscopic surgery’ came to visit the LivLife Hospital’s Centre of Excellence here.

Dr. Rivas is a pioneer and leader of single-incision laparoscopic surgery and is known for his novel surgical techniques, including the ‘natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery’ (surgical technique whereby ‘scarless’ abdominal operations can be performed with an endoscope passed through a natural orifice — mouth, urethra, anus, etc. — than through an internal incision in the stomach, vagina, bladder or colon, thus avoiding any external incisions or scars).

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Dr. Rivas said risk of the patient not undergoing surgery was comparatively high.

He said Andhra Pradesh had one of the largest populations affected by diabetes. Bariatric surgery supported weight loss and prevented early onset of the disease, he said.

About the new trends in Bariatric surgery, Dr. Rivas said sleeve gastrectomy was being preferred over the gastric bypass.

LivLife MD and Bariatric surgeon Nandakishore Dukkupati said Dr. Rivas was on the LivLife Hospital Advisory Board. He said more such experts would be coming here to monitor the standards being maintained.

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