Register will track bariatric surgery data

Now in a pilot phase, the  database is located at Monash University and is expected to include data from 95% of the 16,000 bariatric surgeries performed in Australia and New Zealand annually.

Obesity Surgery Society of Australia & New Zealand (OSSANZ) president-elect Associate Professor Wendy Brown said the registry would do more than raise red flags over device flaws or surgeons with elevated complication rates. 

“The key reason for operating for obesity is we want people to get healthier in the longer term, [so] we need to be sure that the operations we’re doing are not just delivering weight loss,” Professor Brown told MO.

“This registry is going to be unique in that we will be actively getting information on type 2 diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia… at the time of enrolment, time of surgery and annually.

“We’re hoping to have this in perpetuity [giving] us really

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