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OSSI together with the world leaders in metabolic and bariatric surgery strives to educate, discuss and collaborate with fellow OSSIans. OSSICON has always been a festivity loaded with superb scientific programme that promises a unique opportunity for all those interested in obesity and metabolic surgery to share their experiences, expertise and knowledge and seek practical solutions in their search to eradicate and manage this epidemic. With an emphasis on integrated health and on surgical treatment strategies, participants can look forward to more postgraduate courses, multiple symposia and numerous oral, video and live operating sessions. OSSICON grew places since its first instalment in 2003 and is slated to be one of the great meetings in ASIA-PACIFIC region.

OSICON 2017 / IFSO-APC 2017:

OSSI’s 2017 annual congress has been clubbed with IFSO-APC meeting and is slated to be organised in Goa, the beach capital of India. This scientific feast is being organised by Dr. Jayashree Todkar and Dr. Shashank Shah and will be held in Hotel Holiday Inn, Goa between 21 & 23 April 2017.

This international conference, being a pride for India will be supported by Indian Association of GastroIintestinal Endo Surgeons (IAGES), Association of Surgeons of India (ASI), All India Association for Advanced Research in Obesity (AARO) and Indian Dietetic Association.

All details about the program and faculty list are to be accessed through www.ifsoapc2017.in



Obesity Surgery Society of India concluded its annual conference OSSICON 2016 in the beautiful Northern city of Chandigarh on the foothills of The Himalayas between 12 ‐ 14 Febrauary. With nearly 500 delegates, this was the biggest OSSICON to date and is symbolic of the growing popularity of bariatric and metabolic surgery in India. The conference benefitted from the expertise of a number of internationally renowned surgeons like Tomasz Rogula (USA), Robert Rutledge (USA), Ranjan Sudan (USA), C Pullatt Rana (USA), W J Lee (Taiwan), Kamal Mahawar (UK), J M Chevallier (France), Jaideepraj Rao (Singapore), Laurent Layani (UAE), and Leon Cohen (Australia).

Dr. Kuldeepak Singh Kular

Dr. Kuldeepak Singh Kular, Organizing Chairman OSSICON 2016

In addition, Professor Scott Shikora from Harvard, Professor Michel Gagner, and Professor Mervyn Deitel joined as panelists over the teleconference links. With participation of experts from no less than ten countries in the world, it was truly an international event organised to absolute perfection by Dr Kuldeepak Singh Kular. Dr Kular is also the president of MGB/OAGB club.

With participation of 154 speakers and live transmission of ten operations from a number of centres in India and abroad, it was a wonderful scientific and training opportunity. The quality of the symposia, panel discussions, invited lectures, and debates were so good that many delegates described it as the best OSSICON ever. There were specific sessions on preparation of patients for bariatric surgery, management of complications, and metabolic surgery.

The keynote lecture delivered by Professor Pradeep Chowbey, past president of OSSI and IFSO, on metabolic surgery in India was widely appreciated by the audience. Dr Arun Prasad, vice president, OSSI had a keynote on selecting a patient for metabolic surgery. Conference also saw a lively debate on to topic of “which amongst the Mini Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass is the best bariatric procedure?”

Dr Kular made an elegant case for Mini Gastric Bypass; Dr Nandakishore Dukkipati and Dr Mahendra Narwaria, argued for Sleeve Gastrectomy and Roux en Y Gastric Bypass respectively with concluding remarks by Dr Kamal Mahawar. Dr Shashank shah debated for “ Metabolic Surgery is not a Myth” against an eminent endocrinologist of the area.

For the first time in OSSICON’s history, there were debates and symposium organised by International Bariatric Club. Superb efforts by Dr Tomasz Rogula and Dr Jayashree Todkar, Secretary of OSSI and President of IBC India Chapter led to this session becoming one of the star attractions of the meeting. Dr Robert Rutledge, the inventor of Mini Gastric Bypass, argued for MGB and Dr Arun Prasad, Vice President of OSSI and co-chairman of the OSSICON 2016 made a case for the robotic bariatric surgery, amongst many eminent speakers.