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Minimally Invasive Surgery
Volume 2012, Article ID 427803, 5 pages
Research Article

Bariatric Surgery in the Caribbean: Is It Safe in a Low-Volume, Third World Setting?

Department of Clinical Surgical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Received 16 November 2011; Revised 16 January 2012; Accepted 3 February 2012

Academic Editor: Kevin Reavis

Copyright © 2012 Dilip Dan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Bariatric surgery is a well-recognized modality of management of obesity. In addition to obesity, it effectively controls diabetes mellitus, and hypertension. It has been recommended that bariatric surgery should be done in “designated centers” of excellence where there is a high volume of case turnover. Caribbean nations are not spared from the global spread of the obesity epidemic; however, not many patients get the benefits of bariatric surgery. This study aimed to establish that bariatric surgery could be safely and efficiently undertaken in a low-volume center outside the “designated centers” with comparable patient outcomes even in a third world setting. Though “patient numbers” generally imply better outcome, in an environment where these numbers cannot be achieved, patients should not be denied the access to surgery once good outcomes are achieved.