Rising Obesity Surgery Rates to Drive Demand for Medical Supplies

Doctor measuring obese man's waistWhether it is a pair of Adson or Bayonet bipolar forceps, the need for more surgical supplies in New Zealand will partly stem from a rising number of weight-loss surgeries in the country.

Otherwise, known as bariatric surgery, it took a long before this type of medical procedure became a sub-specialty. Now, it has quickly turned into one of the fastest growing surgical treatments in the country.

Expert Opinion

Some surgeons attribute the increase in weight-loss surgeries to a growing number of obese Kiwis. The Ministry of Health said that 32 per cent of adults is overweight. Obesity does not just have negative implications to a person’s self-esteem, but also to their health more importantly.

Joint pains serve as one of the common complaints by those with weight problems, aside from cardiovascular diseases and a higher risk for diabetes. A body mass index (BMI) above 30 falls under the obese category.

Some patients with a BMI above 35 may consider this treatment. Patients should familiarise themselves with the different benefits and disadvantages before making a decision.

Pros and Cons

Not everyone should choose surgery as their first option to solve their weight problem, but certain conditions may exempt them.

Those with arthritis, diabetes, or sleep apnea and a BMI between 35 and 40 may be qualified to undergo this treatment. A study showed that diabetic patients experienced a high remission rate two years post-surgery.

However, another study noted that bariatric surgery also increases the risk of surgical complications within a median of 6.5 years. The positive outcome of the surgery also diminishes over a five-year period. Hence, patients would need to spend more time and money to achieve their desired results.

The increase in obesity surgery should compel hospitals and surgeons to be more careful about the use of medical supplies. On the other hand, patients should only consult with a board-certified professional before undergoing any weight-loss procedure.