Welcome to The SAGES Surgical WIKI

SAGES launched its member-generated Wiki in 2010 and it quickly grew into a resource accessed by more than 2,500 people/month seeking advanced and accurate definitions of all types of minimally invasive surgery and diseases treated by minimally invasive surgery.

As part of the recent overhaul to SAGES web properties, the SAGES Wiki has been moved to a new home on the SAGES site. In addition to moving more than 75 member-generated articles back to the main SAGES web site, we have also completely changed the way members can interact with the Wiki:

  • It’s easier than ever to become a contributor! Simply log in with your member account and head over the Wiki pages. Use the “Create A New Wiki” button on the right sidebar to add your own article.
  • If you see a way to improve an existing article, simply click the Edit tab at the top of the article and make your edits.
  • Want to discuss an article? All logged-in SAGES members can now comment on an article using the Discussion tab at the top of the article and post away.

Recommended Wiki: Epidemiology of Obesity

The prevalence of obesity in the United States continues to rise and is one of six national priorities for disease prevention as determined by the United States Surgeon General. The Center for Disease Control defines overweight as a body mass index (BMI, kg/m2) of 25.0 to 29.9 and obesity as a BMI greater than 30 kg/m2. Severe obesity is a BMI greater than 40. More than 65% of Americans are either overweight or obese. The economic impact of obesity is related to health problems that may be linked to increased BMI, including diabetes mellitus, joint problems, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, and coronary artery disease. The financial impact of direct and indirect costs can be staggering. The overall economic impact is estimated by the Department of Health and Human Services to be $ 117 billion in 2000. The number of people who are considered obese or overweight, or have a BMI… Continue Reading »