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Welcome to the Department of Gastrosurgical Research and Education

The department conducts research and education on diseases, diagnostics and surgery in the gastrointestinal tract. The goal is to improve the surgical care process and to increase the knowledge of human physiology and disease mechanisms.

Research news

Bariatric surgery provided better blood sugar control

RESEARCH: Adult patients with type 2 diabetes and a BMI below 35 have, according to several studies, achieved better glycemic indexes but more research is needed before bariatric surgery can be recommended as treatment options for this patient group. Lars Fändriks, professor and head of the Department of Gastro-Surgical Research and Education at the Sahlgrenska Academy, and Björn Eliasson, Associate Professor, Regional Obesity Center in the Västra Götaland region have lifted these results in an article in Läkartidningen. 2017; 114: EHHZ

Obesity surgery on young people shows good long-term results

RESEARCH: Bariatric surgery on teens produces as good long-term results as in adults. Five years after the surgery, the average youth weighed 28 percent less than before surgery, a new study shows.

- It's time to start integrating fetus surgery in the treatment of young people with severe obesity. A prerequisite is that they are monitored in the long term because our results also show that some young people need a lot of support for managing the post-surgery existence. Obesity surgery is not a quick fix, says Torsten Olber's lecturer at our Institute Sahlgrenska Academy and Chief Medical Officer at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.
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Latest publications at our department

The three main goals of our research


  • to identify clinical needs
  • to characterize and understand mechanisms for the onset of disease and the effects after surgical treatment
  • to optimize and always work to achieve the best surgical effect

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At the Department there are several levels of teaching


  • at the undergraduate level within the Medical School Program, especially the term 8 the "Surgery Term"
  • at the advanced level in different professions, especially project work in the pharmacy and medical programs
  • on the doctoral level in different professions

Read more about the education here


The gastrointestinal tract has a central role in the body's metabolism

Surgical treatment of obesity involves interventions in gastrointestinal tract and have dramatic effects not only on body weight but also improves a range of metabolic diseases, including diabetes and high blood pressure.

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Page Manager: Katarina Olinder Eriksson|Last update: 10/12/2017

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