In RD thousands of these procedures are performed annually and about 20 deaths are known
SANTO DOMINGO. The number of obese people is increasing in the Dominican Republic and thereby increases bariatric surgery with more than 1,000 operations per year since they began in 2006.
One of the pioneers of these interventions is Dr. Abel R. Gonzalez Canada, who eight months ago developed a new surgical technique called Applicator of Curvature Mayor in the Stomach, which ensures has less risk than other fashion procedures, such as Manga, or Gastric Bypass, and recently used in the United States.
On a visit to DL, the renowned surgeon explains that the novelty of the Applicator involves wrapping the stomach into two layers without cutting and has the advantage that the patient is not at risk of perforations may be discharged the day after the procedure and it is cheaper and with magnificent results. Iran is where the technique began.
Both the new technique as other surgical procedures are recommended only for people with morbid obesity because it eliminates diabetes and hypertension.
Canada González recommends bariatric surgery or the Applicator for patients with a BMI of over 35%; they need to lower their weight to be healthy, not to look cute. He has performed about 600 surgeries with zero deaths.
The cost of the procedure ranges between the US $ 8.000 and the US $ 11.000. The technique promotes the surgeon could reduce the process in the US $ 6,000.
The results of Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Metabolic Syndrome study in the Dominican Republic (EFI card II) determined that 26% of Dominicans have obesity problems, hence, that the surgeon feels that bariatric surgery could be included in the Dominican System Social Security (SDSS).
The process of losing weight takes a year or year and a half. During the first month, they lost 20 pounds, after 8 to 10 pounds per month.