We are passionate about healthcare in South Africa and the African continent
Aims and goals of SAMMSS
Regarding indications for bariatric surgery, SAMMSS takes its lead from the revised guidelines set out in 2022 by the International Society for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
In broad terms, an individual should be considered for bariatric surgery if their BMI is greater than 35 kg/m2, or if their BMI is greater than 30 kg/m2 in the presence of certain comorbidities. In all cases, where other means of weight loss have failed or are considered futile.
Memorandum of incorporation
Development and improvement continue in the field of bariatric endoscopy. It is currently used more as bridging treatment to improve a patient’s health and weight loss, to enable safer surgery. Currently these procedures are not funded in SA.