Collaborating to Expand Access and Improve Care
Year after year, the data continues to show that bariatric surgery is an effective and safe treatment option for patients with severe obesity and its related co-morbidities including type 2 diabetes. Yet, the surgery remains one of the most underutilized. It is only performed on approximately 1 percent of eligible patients.
Changing that will require innovation both inside and outside the OR. That was the focus of the 5th annual bariatric and metabolic surgery symposium, held at the Johnson & Johnson Institute in Hamburg, Germany. Led by a prestigious faculty of 18 international experts, the program combined plenary, live-surgery sessions and workshops to offer an interactive learning opportunity for the 220 bariatric surgeons in attendance. Additionally, the symposium was endorsed by the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (www.ifso.com) and CME accredited.
Course Content Takes A Broad View
Obesity is a complex disease with many causes. To add value, professional education and training needs to span across the complete patient treatment pathway. The symposium focused on two areas:
- Surgical Excellence and Revision Surgery: Through lectures, live-surgeries and evidence-based debates, the faculty and participants shared learnings on way to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of primary and revision surgical techniques. Additionally, a large portion of the symposium was devoted to live-surgery on revision cases. Faculty members led a lively debate about how the bariatric surgical community in EMEA might move toward consensus on the use of revision procedures.
- Multidisciplinary Collaboration: Surgeon participants were challenged to step out of the OR and focus on ways to improve collaboration with other 'non-surgical' disciplines. Faculty experts shared experience about ways to improve the patient pathway and optimize the management of obesity centers.
Customize Learning Experience
To customize the agenda to the individual training needs, each attendee could elect to participate in two workshops from a total of eight. The workshops included a diverse range of topics designed to advance their knowledge in bariatric/metabolic surgery or obesity center practice management. Topics included:
- Hands on training to enhance surgical techniques and improve outcomes
- Patient pathways and digital programs to enhance recovery after bariatric surgery
- How to manage a high-volume obesity center and engage a multi-disciplinary team
- How to increase patient referrals
- Treatment algorithms for revision surgery
- Patient engagement strategies to drive long-term outcomes
- Mental training for bariatric surgeon to drive high OR team performance
"There was so much passion and energy at this education event. We want to thank our esteemed faculty for their leadership and all the participants for their engagement," said Sarah Vandenzavel, Group Professional Educational Manager, EMEA. "One to one time with this expert faculty is an added value for the participants and enhances the learning experience at the Johnson & Johnson Institute. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with the surgical and medical community to help more patients benefit from bariatric & metabolic surgery; and do our part in the battle against obesity and its co-morbidities."