You would expect that after a healthy dose of information and learning followed by a nice evening of dinner and drinks; not too many delegates would make it to the session next morning! But the enthusiastic medicos at ACMOMS VI were up and ready for another round of discussions, debates, and interactions on Day 02 of ACMOMS 2013!
It began with a panel discussion on techniques of gastric bypass by doctors Wei Jei Lee, Pradeep Chowbey, Ricardo Cohen, Simon Wong, Chin Kin Fah, Aayed Al Qahtani, Jayshree Todkar, M Ramesh, Jan Greeves, and Kasama Kazounori.
Techniques of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, comparisons of similarities and differences in results, over years of bariatric surgeries across countries, pros and cons of different approaches like anastomosis, etc. were the focus of discussions before the doctors took a break for tea, coffee, and some light-hearted conversations!
ACMOMS VI was a session that was not restricted to just speeches and PowerPoint presentations! Apart from questions and debates, there were video demonstrations too. Because seeing is believing, after all!
Dr. Praveen Bhatia took an interesting video session on what could go wrong in a surgery; and demonstrated how important it was for surgeons to look at the angle of their pre-operative endoscopy.
Other sessions through the day included managing complications, Mini Gastirc Bypass surgery, Dr. Aparna talking about a particular difficult case, what could go wrong during an endoscopy, how to deal with secondary obesity or weight gain post surgery, and more.
The session on managing complications was riveting enough for the doctors to be glued to their seats and actually delay lunch!
But eventually, they did make it to a scrumptious lunch too!
Post lunch, Dr. Camillo Boza started the session with a video on revision of sleeve surgery due to a patient having reflux. Dr. Amit and Dr. Manuel followed it up with sessions on their experience in dealing with reflux post surgery and treatment of secondary obesity respectively.
Here are some interesting facts from the session:
- Stents aren’t just used in cardio related surgeries – They are also used in integral part of laparoscopic surgeries too.
- A broad range of 17 papers indicates that occurrence of secondary obesity is 10-20% between 5-10 years.
- In Brazil, bariatric surgeons enjoy star treatment, that’s usually reserved for plastic surgeons!
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ACMOMS VI also included a Bariatric Nutrition conference, organised jointly with Osmania University, which extensively covered the diet structure for obesity-ridden individuals, with a special focus on obese Indian / Asian population. It was a step towards giving bariatric nutrition the attention it deserves.
All in all, ACMOMS VI was a milestone event; in coming a step closer to creating a ‘Voice for Asia.’ It was refreshing to see doctors challenge each other, get to the best perspectives on all aspects of the debate, and collaborate to ensure a brighter future for the field of bariatric medicine in Asia. The video sessions and problem solving approaches to difficult surgeries, shared by renowned expert surgeons can now serve as a repertoire of knowledge that can be accessed by any weight loss surgeon who needs it.
Talking about the success of ACMOMS, Dr. Arun Prasad said that considering how the standard of the conference keeps going up, the next one will need to be held on the moon; for the venue to match up to the conference!