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Netcare?s Clinton Hospital receives bariatric surgery accreditation

Obesity is a serious condition and needs to be treated as such. Statistics reveal that, in South Africa, 56% of women and 29% of men are overweight.

This prevalence of obesity has led to an increasing number of South Africans suffering from associated disorders such as type 2 diabetes, dyslipadiemia (raised serum cholesterol), hypertension, obstructive sleep apnoea, heart disease, stroke, asthma, mood disorders (depression) and so forth. These non-communicable diseases are responsible for more than 2.5 million deaths each year around the world.

Diet therapy, whether or not undertaken with the support of a weight management organisation, is relatively ineffectual in treating obesity on a long-term basis. Success rates are, in fact, less than 5% over five years. Research has revealed that, although most individuals do lose weight during the first three to six months of initiating a weight loss programme, weight loss starts to taper off after this period. Lifestyle modification also has a limited success rate with, again, less than 5% of people remaining successful for five years.

?There is, however, new hope for people struggling to lose weight,? says Magriet Holder, hospital manager at Netcare?s Clinton Hospital. ?The hospital is now accredited to perform a surgical procedure, called a gastric bypass, which will help patients to achieve their weight loss goals.?

Dr Wimpie Janse van Vuuren, Dr Natalie Gerber and Dr Louis Wildenboer, all resident doctors at Netcare?s Clinton Hospital, visited renowned bariatric centres in Brussels, Germany and Cape Town in order to gain the necessary surgical expertise required in this field of medicine. They then went on to perform two successful surgical procedures at the Netcare Clinton Hospital, after which they were awarded accreditation from Sweden?s Professor Longgerof, one of the world?s leading bariatric surgeons.

Gastric bypass surgery, especially in cases where patients are diagnosed as clinically obese, has become the preferred weight management treatment worldwide. Surgery involves both open and laparoscopic techniques and has resulted in, on average, a body mass index (BMI) reduction of between 65% to 75% for most patients.

This accreditation has given the Netcare Clinton Hospital the ?green light? in terms of implementing a bariatric surgery programme. ?Patients requiring gastric bypass surgery can now rest assured that they are receiving the best possible treatment and care at our hospital,? concludes Magriet.

If you are interested in obtaining additional information on the Netcare Clinton Hospital?s Bariatric Unit or gastric bypass surgery, please contact Dr Janse van Vuuren on (011) 907-2123.