Dr. Mathias Fobi describes the Fobi Pouch and how he feels about having a weight-loss procedure named after him.
The Fobi Pouch is a modification of the gastric bypass. The beautiful thing about the Fobi Pouch is that it works just like the gastric bypass, but I made some modifications in the gastric bypass to make the weight loss in the gastric bypass last for a longer time because obesity is not a short term thing, you don’t cure it. It’s something for life and with a regular gastric bypass, with time opening of stretch and the patient can eat more.
The Fobi Pouch puts a ring above the opening between the stomach and the small bowel. This ring keeps the openings standardized for life. So the patients eat the same amount now as they’ll be eating five years from today and ten years from today. That way the weight maintenance with a Fobi Pouch is much better than with the gastric bypass.
The gastric bypass has a success rate of around 70%, the Fobi Pouch has a success rate around 90% and that’s the main advantage of the Fobi Pouch.
Often I am asked how did I get my name on the procedure. I didn’t get my name on the procedure, it happened that when I described the procedure, people called it the Fobi procedure and then it gradually settled down to be a Fobi Pouch and the name stuck. I was not the one that made that name, it just happened to be a description I made, the scientific name of it is the banded gastric bypass, but it’s easier for people to say the procedure that Dr. Fobi does, and then with time, they just called it a Fobi Pouch.
So, it’s nice. When you live a life and you work hard and you have an eponym that would be in the medical literature for the rest of your life, that’s a thing that very few people do accomplish so I feel honored that that, my name got stuck to a procedure that is widely accepted and widely done in the world, yes.
Dr. Mathias A.L. Fobi, M.D., F.A.C.S.:
Dr. Mathias A.L. Fobi, is an internationally recognized bariatric surgeon, who has changed the shape of Hollywood heavyweights such as Etta James and American Idol’s Randy Jackson. MAL, as he is known among friends, was born in Nkwen, a small village in Cameroon, West Africa. He is a member of the first batch, class of 1965, 0f Sacred Heart College in Mankon Bamenda in Cameroon. He came to the USA through the African Scholarship Program for American Universities (ASPAU) in 1966. This was a scholarship program that was inaugurated by President Kennedy along with the Peace Corps Program.
Condition: Obesity, Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese
Related Terms: StomaphyX™, Weight Loss, Bariatric Surgery, LAP-BAND®, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Sleeve, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, Nutrition, Overweight, BMI, Body Mass Index, Decreased Mobility, Comorbidities, Diabetes, Hypertension, REALIZE®, GERD, Bariatric Seminars, REALIZE® Band, Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery, StomaphyX™
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Expertise: Incisionless Bariatric Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, LAP-BAND®, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Sleeve, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Fobi Pouch