*SRH Municipal Hospital Gera, Gera, Germany
†Vivantes Hospital Berlin, Berlin, Germany
‡Department of Surgery, University Hospital Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany
§StatConsult Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany
¶Institute of Quality Assurance at Otto-von Guericke University Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany.
Reprints: Christine Stroh, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of General, Abdominal and Pediatric Surgery, Municipal Hospital Gera, Strasse des Friedens 122, D-07548 Gera, Germany. E-mail: [email protected].
The German Nationwide Survey on Bariatric Surgery is supported by the Ministry of Research and Education Germany (BMBF) grant number 01GI1124. The responsible investigator is CS.
The following firms support the GBSR without any relation to their products: Johnson & Johnson MEDICAL GmbH, Ethicon Endo-Surgery Deutschland, Norderstedt. Covidien Deutschland GmbH, Neustadt/Donau.
Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interests.