From the beginning, the Fobi family and friends of Bariatec have strived to improve the field of Bariatric Surgery with quality medical devices that serve the needs of patients and medical professionals.
What’s Next: Bariatec is currently awaiting FDA approval for the GaBP Ring™ device in the United States, which has the highest rates of obesity, bariatric surgery, and revisions. The GaBP Ring™ device is also expected to be available to the Asia Pacific and South American communities by the end of 2015.
2013: Expanded distribution makes the GaBP Ring™ device available in India. By 2013, the GaBP Ring™ is also available in the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand.
2007: Bariatec Corporation was founded to provide the world with better access to the most effective weight loss treatment, the Banded Gastric Bypass. It was here that the GaBP Ring™ device, a pre-fabricated ring to replace the surgeon-fashioned rings commonly used in the Banded Gastric Bypass procedure, was developed.
1981: Dr. Fobi opened the Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity, where he later developed the Banded Gastric Bypass procedure, a modification of the traditional Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, commonly called the Fobi Pouch. In 1986, Dr. Fobi pioneered the method as a means to help more patients maintain long-term weight loss after surgery. The Banded Gastric Bypass procedure is now accepted as a proven safe and effective treatment for morbid obesity.
1977: Dr. Fobi experienced a life-changing encounter when he met a woman who feared an emergency reversal of her intestinal bypass surgery and was willing to die rather than regain the weight. Her story of physical incapacity and ridicule as an obese person struck a chord of compassion that led Dr. Fobi to shift the focus of his surgical career to the emerging field of obesity surgery, pioneered by Dr. Edward E. Mason.
1966: Dr. Mathias A.L. Fobi emigrated from Cameroon to earn a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Michigan. He then received an M.D. from the University of Cincinnati and began his residency at the King Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles. A short time later, he became the Chief of General Surgery there.