Published October 2016

Obesity has been recognized as a disease by the American Medical Association in 2013. Bariatric and metabolic surgery is a proven, effective and enduring treatment for obese patients in need. Bariatric and metabolic surgery strives to provide the most innovative therapies for obese patients. As new devices and procedures emerge, the ASMBS leads the way in creating, evaluating and implementing devices and procedures for obesity. At this time, the society supports the following procedures:

  • Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
  • Duodenal Switch
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Adjustable Gastric Banding
  • Bariatric Reoperative Procedures
  • Open procedures as deemed appropriate by the surgeon

*​Vertically Banded Gastroplasty ​under review​ by the Pathway for Approval of New Devices and Procedures Committee​

With the advent of new obesity devices and procedures entering our field, ASMBS developed an official pathway for the approval and sanction of new procedures and decides. Any ASMBS member can submit an application for a new procedure or removal of an approved procedure by following the below link.

http://asmbs.org/pathway-for-approval-for-new-devices-and-procedures