Bariatric Surgery


Clinical activity

The Bariatric Surgery Unit aims at the surgical management of the patient suffering from morbid obesity by offering, for the cases in which this treatment is indicated, the possibility of being subjected to surgery at the Campus Bio-Medico University Hospital.

The surgical operations that are performed daily at the centre are divided into restrictive (gastric band and sleeve gastrectomy) and restrictive / malabsorptive (gastric bypass and mini-bypass). The choice of the type of intervention is made by the surgeon and discussed with the patient on the basis of the characteristics of the patient himself and of the result of a complex diagnostic path which each candidate undergoes before being operated on.

In particular, the identification of patients who will be able to benefit from bariatric surgery occurs through careful selection by numerous specialists who make up a real multidisciplinary team in which, in addition to the surgeon, the endoscopist, the endocrinologist, the psychologist, dietitian and nutritionist are working together. In accordance with the most current guidelines, the appointments made by these specialists are inserted into a therapeutic diagnostic path, dedicated to the obese patient.

Only after having received the suitability ok for surgery does the patient perform pre-hospitalisation in order to be subjected to the operation in the greatest possible safety. Pre-hospitalisation, in addition to a new meeting between patient and surgeon, includes an appointment with the anaesthesiologist and the pulmonologist, as well as complete blood tests and an electrocardiogram.  At the end of this double path, the patient has the surgery which is carried out in principle by a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure. Normally, at the end of the operation, the patient is returned to the ward, quickly mobilised and re-fed. In the absence of complications, after about 48 hours from the date of the operation, he is discharged with the control appointments after one, three, six, twelve months being planned.

Clinical and research collaboration

  • University of Pisa
  • University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  • University of Padua