J Metab Bariatr Surg.  2018 Dec;7(2):49-53. 10.17476/jmbs.2018.7.2.49.

2014–2017 Nationwide Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Report in Korea

  • 1Department of Surgery, Yonsei University Gangnam Severance Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Surgery, Chung-Ang University Hospital, Seoul, Korea. drholy@gmail.com
  • 3Department of Surgery, Gumdan Top General Hospital, Incheon, Korea.
  • 4Department of Surgery, Dankook University Hospotal, Cheonan, Korea.
  • 5Department of Surgery, Catholic University of Korea, St. Paul's Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 6Department of Surgery, Gachon University Gil Medical Center, Incheon, Korea.
  • 7Department of Surgery, Chosun University Hospital, Gwangju, Korea.
  • 8Department of Surgery, Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 9Department of Surgery, Catholic University of Korea, Yeouido St. Mary's Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 10Department of Surgery, Korea University Ansan Hospital, Ansan, Korea.
  • 11Department of Surgery, Wellness Hospital, Busan, Korea.
  • 12Department of Surgery, Catholic University of Korea, Incheon St. Mary's Hospital, Incheon, Korea.
  • 13Department of Surgery, Chonnam National University Hospital, Gwangju, Korea.
  • 14Department of Surgery, Keimyung Univsity Dongsan Hospital, Daegu, Korea.
  • 15Department of Surgery, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea.
  • 16Department of Surgery, Ulsan University Hospital, Ulsan, Korea.
  • 17Department of Surgery, Korea University Anam Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 18Department of Surgery, Seoul Slim Surgery, Seoul, Korea.
  • 19Department of Surgery, Kyungpook National University Chilgok Hospital, Daegu, Korea.
  • 20Department of Surgery, Kosin University Gospel Hospital, Busan, Korea.
  • 21Department of Surgery, Inje University Haeundae Paik Hospital, Busan, Korea.
  • 22Department of Surgery, Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital, Anyang, Korea.
  • 23Department of Surgery, Seoul National University-SMG Boramae Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 24Department of Surgery, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 25Department of Surgery, Catholic University of Korea, Daejeon St. Mary's Hospital, Daejeon, Korea.
  • 26Department of Surgery, Catholic University of Korea, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 27Department of Surgery, Catholic University of Korea, Uijeongbu St. Mary's Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 28Department of Surgery, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 29Department of Surgery, Catholic University of Korea, St. Vincent's Hospital, Suwon, Korea.
  • 30Department of Surgery, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 31Department of Surgery, Seoul 365MC Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 32Department of Surgery, Catholic Kwandong University International St. Mary's Hospital, Incheon, Korea.
  • 33Department of Surgery, Hanyang University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 34Department of Surgery, CHA University Hospital, Seoungnam, Korea.
  • 35Department of Surgery, Ajou University Hospital, Suwon, Korea.
  • 36Department of Surgery, Inha University Hospital, Incheon, Korea.
  • 37Department of Surgery, Yonsei University Severance Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 38Department of Surgery, Ewha Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.


The information committee of the Korean Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (KSMBS) performed the nationwide survey of bariatric and metabolic operations to report IFSO (International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders) worldwide survey annually. This study aimed to report the trends of bariatric and metabolic surgery in Korea in 2014-2017.
We analyzed the accumulated nationwide survey data conducted for annual ISFO survey from 2014 to 2017. Trends such as the number of operations by hospital type and the number of operations by surgical method were analyzed.
The number of operations has decreased sharply in 2015 comparing to 2014 (913⇒550). The number of operations performed in private hospitals dropped sharply from 529 to 250, 198, and 103 cases. The number of revisional surgeries increased to 223 in 2015. The primary surgery number fell from 757 in 2014 to 327 in 2015. In primary surgery, sleeve gastrectomy was gradually increased from 2014 to 143 (18.9%), 105 (32.1%), 167 (47.2%) and 200 (56.3%) and became the most frequently performed surgery. On the other hand, the incidence of adjustable gastric band decreased gradually from 439 (58.0%) to 117 (35.8%), 112 (31.6%) and 59 (16.6%).
The overall number of obesity metabolic operations has decreased since 2014, especially the number of adjustable gastric band, and the number of operations in private hospitals declined sharply. On the other hand, the number of operations in university hospitals did not change much, and the number of sleeve gastrectomy increased.


Bariatric surgery; Metabolic surgery; Korea; Survey

MeSH Terms

Bariatric Surgery*
Hospitals, Private
Hospitals, University
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