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Obesity is a disease caused by excess body fat. Obesity can contribute to serious health problems and even death. Some of the conditions caused by obesity include: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, arthritis and certain cancers.

Although obesity can be linked to social and psychological factors, at its most basic level, obesity is an energy imbalance. People gain excess weight when they take in more energy (calories) from eating and drinking than the calories they burn through physical activity. Excess calories are stored as fat.

Obesity Worldwide

More than 1.4 billion adults worldwide are considered overweight and 200-300 million are obese.1 The obesity rate has nearly doubled since 1980.1

Body mass index

Body mass index (BMI), a ratio of weight to height, is one way to measure obesity. People who have a BMI of 30 or greater are considered obese, but may improve their health through weight loss.1 This is especially true for people with a BMI of 40 or greater who are considered extremely or morbidly obese. To determine BMI you can use a simple BMI table or calculator.

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  1. World Health Organization (WHO). Obesity and overweight. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/index.html

Important Safety Information

Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Individual surgical results may vary. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. Please also refer to  http://www.daVinciSurgery.com/Safety for Important Safety Information.

When Is Single-Site Technology Used and What Are the Risks?

da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site® Instruments is cleared for use in gallbladder removal, and for hysterectomy and ovary removal for benign conditions. Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci Surgery, including da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site Instruments. There may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery, including Single-Site surgery with the da Vinci System.


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