Quality criteria in bariatric surgery: Consensus review and recommendations of the Spanish Association of Surgeons and the Spanish Society of Bariatric Surgery
Sabench Pereferrer F (1), Domínguez-Adame Lanuza E (2), Ibarzabal A 3, Socas Macias M (4), Valentí Azcárate V (5), García Ruiz de Gordejuela A (6), García-Moreno Nisa F (7), González Fernández J (8), Vilallonga Puy R (9), Vilarrasa García N (10), Sánchez Santos R (11); Sociedad Española de Cirugía de la Obesidad (SECO).
Bariatric surgery has proven to be highly effective in controlling obesity and metabolic syndrome; the results of this surgery are not only expressed in terms of weight loss, but also in terms of resolution of comorbidities, improved quality of life and complications.
The different parameters used to measure these outcomes require uniformity and reference patterns. Therefore, it is essential to identify those indicators and quality criteria that are helpful in defining the «best practice» principles in bariatric surgery. In this regard, the Section of Obesity of the Spanish Association of Surgeons, in collaboration with the Spanish Society for Bariatric Surgery (SECO), present as an objective to identify the key points that define «quality» in this type of surgery.
We describe the main indicators based on the published literature as well as the criteria for referral of the main comorbidities according to the evidence found and grades of recommendation.