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Highlights from the 7th Gulf Obesity Surgery Society Conference, Ground breaking session for medical students

Updated: Jan 26

The 7th Gulf Obesity Surgery Society Conference unfolded its curtains in the vibrant city of Dubai, UAE, from December 15th to 16th, 2023, marking a momentous occasion in the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery. Chaired by the distinguished Dr Ali Khamas, the President of the Emirates Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, the conference proved to be a pivotal platform for unveiling the latest strides in obesity management.

The conference's keynote lectures were on the evolving landscape of obesity management and the contemporary influence of social media on modern medicine. These discussions underscored the dynamic nature of obesity treatment and the significance of digital platforms in shaping medical practices today.


Central to the conference were sessions spotlighting the most recent advances in metabolic and bariatric surgery. Notably, discussions revolved around the newly released IFSO guidelines, providing attendees with comprehensive insights into the updated protocols and standards in the field.


A standout feature of the conference was the plethora of video sessions dedicated to navigating the complexities and intricacies of managing complications arising from bariatric surgery. Experts shared valuable insights on the road to recovery, focusing on effective strategies for managing and mitigating complications that may arise post-surgery.


Robotic and endoscopy sessions offered a glimpse into the future of surgical techniques, showcasing innovative methodologies that hold promise for further enhancing the efficacy and precision of bariatric procedures.


One of the pivotal themes addressed was the challenge of weight recurrence after metabolic and bariatric surgery. Discussions centered around novel approaches and interventions aimed at managing weight regain, offering renewed hope for patients navigating this journey.

Furthermore, the conference took a holistic approach of bariatric surgery in special conditions such as organ failures, elderly patients, and children. This comprehensive exploration underscored the importance of tailored approaches and specialized care in diverse patient populations.


In a groundbreaking move, the conference introduced a parallel program specifically tailored for undergraduate medical students. This educational initiative provided a thorough understanding of obesity from fundamentals to advanced concepts. Noteworthy was the presence and endorsement from key stakeholders in medical schools' academia in Dhabi, signifying unanimous agreement on the imperative need to include obesity-related education within medical school curricula.


The 7th Gulf Obesity Surgery Society Conference in Dubai served as an unparalleled platform for exchange, collaboration, and innovation in the realm of metabolic and bariatric surgery. With its rich array of discussions, groundbreaking insights, and educational initiatives, it further cemented its position as a beacon of progress in combating obesity and elevating the standards of patient care worldwide.


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