Ideology behind ACMOMS

“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that cannot be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret it seems to me can be summarized in four ‘C’s. They are curiosity, courage, confidence and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence.
When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably” - Walt Disney

These words of Walt Disney summarize the story of bariatric surgery in Asia. Since its inception about 15 years ago, there has been an unprecedented growth in not only the number of bariatric surgeries being done but also in the numbers of surgeons who are taking up bariatrics as their chosen profession.

Bariatric surgery is an ever evolving field. There have been several discoveries that have changed the way bariatric procedures are carried out. Many procedures did not stand the test of time and have been rendered obsolete by newer more effective ones. Although this field has shown immense promise since the beginning; giving relief to scores of obese patients who have few long term options for weight loss or relief from co-morbidities; it is still surrounded by a never ending spate of doubts and debates over its usefulness and remains to be the controversy's favourite child.

With the scourge of diabetes attaining epidemic proportions around the world, Asia pacific region alone boasts of more than 30 million diabetics. People in Asia tend to develop diabetes with a lesser degree of obesity at younger ages, suffer longer with complications of diabetes, and die sooner than people in other regions. Asians are genetically different and it has been gradually realized that the western diagnostic criterion for obesity and metabolic syndrome does not hold true for the Asian population.

ACMOMS is a platform where it has been our dream that "voice of Asia" be heard. With each ACMOMS we have succeeded in getting the Asian surgeons together on one platform to create a consensus on many subjects in the past. Each time we have successfully collated the Asian data which has been the valuable foundation of all the consensus statements till date.

Year after year with every ACMOMS it is our endeavour to channelize our knowledge towards a common goal of achieving academic excellence and setting guidelines that are "from Asia for Asians".