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An introduction to Bariatric Surgery

11th August 2020


Obesity is a chronic, complex and progressive disease. Severe obesity is associated with reduced life expectancy and worse quality of life.

In this presentation we will:
- Discuss the risks associated with severe obesity,
- Describe the indications and contraindications of surgical bariatric/ metabolic procedures particularly the NICE guidelines,
- Explore different operations and analyse the results of surgery,
- Describe the aftercare required post-op.


Ms Cynthia Borg

Ms Cynthia-Michelle Borg qualified as a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Malta in 1997. After foundation and basic surgical training at St Luke’s Hospital, she moved to the UK for specialist training. 

She completed a research degree (MD University of London), focusing on the changes in gut hormones after bariatric surgery. Ms Borg completed her specialist surgical training in upper GI, general and bariatric surgery in London and North-East Thames region.

Cynthia completed a laparoscopic and bariatric surgical fellowship at University College Hospital, London. In 2012, she was appointed as a Lead Consultant Surgeon at University Hospital Lewisham. Her specialist clinical and research interests are bariatric and metabolic surgery. She also has a keen interest in laparoscopic abdominal surgery, in particular the management of gallstone disease and gastro-oesophageal reflux. 

Ms Borg has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented in national and international meetings. She is a reviewer for several international journals. She is a Regional Surgical Advisor of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Cynthia is also an elected council member of British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) and of Association of Upper GI surgery of Great Britain and Ireland (AUGIS).


Mr Vittal Rao

Mr. Vittal Rao is a Consultant Upper GI, Bariatric and General Surgeon at the University Hospital of North Midlands, Stoke-on-Trent. He trained in Yorkshire Deanery and was appointed as Consultant Surgeon at UHNM. Mr. Rao is a Honorary Lecturer at the Keele Medical School and has been closely associated with the delivery of the undergraduate medical education program over the last five years. He has a keen research interest in bariatric surgery and is a faculty for the courses of the Royal College. He is also an active RSA of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.



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