Journal of Bariatric Surgery

: 2022  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

Pradeep Chowbey1, Ramen Goel2, Kamal Mahawar3,  
1 Chairman, Consultant Surgeon, Laparoscopic, Endoscopic, Bariatric, Gastrointestinal and Allied Surgical Specialities, Max Healthcare, Saket, New Delhi, India
2 Center of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, Wockhardt Hospitals, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Consultant Surgeon, South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, Sunderland, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ramen Goel
Consultant Bariatric Surgeon, Wockhardt Hospital, Agripada, Mumbai – 400011

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Chowbey P, Goel R, Mahawar K. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.J Bariatr Surg 2022;1:1-1

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Chowbey P, Goel R, Mahawar K. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. J Bariatr Surg [serial online] 2022 [cited 2023 Feb 5 ];1:1-1
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Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (BMS) has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the middle of the last century. The unabated global rise in the prevalence of obesity and metabolic syndrome has placed enhanced responsibility on researchers and bariatric surgical teams. There is now more than ever a pressing need to develop credible evidence to inform practice and challenge established paradigms concerning BMS.

For example, data consistently show that bariatric surgery worldwide has 30-day mortality of around 0.1%;[1] however, there is definite long-term morbidity and mortality with our procedures which remains to be fully understood. Similarly, there are large gaps in our knowledge with regard to appropriate dosages of various supplements for different procedures in different populations, their cost-effectiveness, and rationale of various preoperative interventions.[2]

Nonetheless, huge progress has been made over the last three decades – in no small part due to our two most-read journals – “Obesity Surgery” which was launched in 1991 and “Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases” which was launched in 2005. Without these two journals, we would have struggled to publish our findings and convince the wider medical fraternity of the benefits of our interventions. We might not even have reached this place when we can help hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide every year.

It is with these sentiments that the Obesity Surgery Society of India (OSSI) has set out to provide a new journal to bariatric practitioners around the world. BMS is a flourishing specialty in most parts of the world, and there is now a need for an additional journal to accommodate increasing global academic output. We hope to collaborate with colleagues around the world to realize these aspirations. Our international editorial board of eminent clinicians is reflective of that.

We, the editors of the Journal of Bariatric Surgery, want to reassure our friends and colleagues in the bariatric fraternity that no effort shall be spared to ensure that this Journal provides high-quality content without any favor or prejudice, with the sole aim of furthering the science that underpins our surgeries. The editorial and publishing teams at the Journal are committed to providing authors with quality publication processes. Together, we hope to develop a Journal we can all be proud of in years to come.


1Singhal R, Ludwig C, Rudge G, Gkoutos GV, Tahrani A, Mahawar K, et al. 30-day morbidity and mortality of bariatric surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic: A multinational cohort study of 7704 patients from 42 countries. Obes Surg 2021;31:4272-88.
2Kim JJ, Rogers AM, Ballem N, Schirmer B; American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Clinical Issues Committee. ASMBS updated position statement on insurance mandated preoperative weight loss requirements. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2016;12:955-9.