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International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons hosting an interactive live metabolic surgery workshop

International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons hosting an interactive live metabolic surgery workshop

On 4 September the International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ISUCRS) will be hosting an interactive live metabolic surgery workshop at the N1 City Hospital in Cape Town as part of its scientific programme for the XXVI Biennial ISUCRS Congress 2014.  The congress runs at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 4 to 7 September.

Have you heard of Dr Luc’s Promise? Perhaps you’ve even heard of the Mediterranean Diet.  But you’ve surely heard of the Banting Diet.  These diet programmes seem to work for some individuals however it has been proven that many people who lose weight on strict diets simply regain the weight within one to two years.

Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, on the other hand has proven that patients can still enjoy a 60% reduction of excess weight at 10 years post-surgery.  Dr Andre Potgieter, a Cape Town based surgeon with a special interest in bariatrics, says that no single diet has ever shown to be even closely comparable.

“As a bariatric surgeon I support and acknowledge the role of correct eating habits and exercise,” he continues.  “I believe that weight loss management should be a team effort where each individual must be managed according to what is best for that individual.”

Vast evidence is however available in the medical literature to proof that surgery is the best treatment for morbid obesity (BMI over 40).  “Not only will the surgery help with sustained weight loss but also has a profound effect on co-morbid conditions such as Diabetes mellitus, Hypertension, Cardiac failure and Obstructive sleep apnea, to mention but a few,” concludes Potgieter.

The workshop, which runs from 09:00 until 15:30 on 4 September, will take the form of two live surgeries where the delegates will be able to follow the surgery from an adjacent room, allowing interaction between the surgical team in the theatre and the audience.

At 09:30 Dr Gary Fetter, a bariatric metabolic surgeon from Johannesburg, will perform a Biliopancreatic diversion (BPD). In this procedure part of the patient’s stomach is removed.

At 13:30 Dr Ettienne Swanepoel, a specialist surgeon from Cape Town, will perform a Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (LRYGB).  This procedure involves the creation of a small stomach poach which results in the majority of the stomach being bypassed.

Members of the media who wish to become accredited for one or both of these live surgeries should contact Marisa Louw on 072 987 5780 or send an e-mail to [email protected].

The ISUCRS 2014 is held in association with the South African Gastroenterology Society, the South African Society of Endoscopic Surgeons, the South African Colorectal Society, the South African Stomaltherapy Association as well as the South African Gastrointestinal Nurses Society.

For more information on the ISUCRS 2014 visit http://www.isucrs2014.co.za/.


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