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Study: More Than Half Of High-Risk Alcohol Users Report Improvement After Surgery

April 4, 2014 8:52 am | News | Comments

Much has been reported about the potential for increased risk of alcohol misuse after weight loss surgery (WLS), with most theories pointing to lower alcohol tolerance and a longer time to return to a sober state after surgery, but a new study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests that upwards of half of high-risk drinkers are actually less likely to report high-risk drinking behavior after weight loss surgery...

Low-Cost Dominican Surgeries Spark Warnings By U.S.

April 2, 2014 9:50 am | by Ben Fox and Ezequiel Abiu Lopez, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued an alert March 7 after health authorities in the...

Obesity Surgery Gives Long-Term Help For Diabetics

April 1, 2014 10:09 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients'...

Gut Metabolism Changes -- Not Stomach Size -- Linked To Success Of Certical Sleeve Gastrectomy

March 28, 2014 1:06 pm | News | Comments

It's not the size of the stomach that causes weight loss after a specific type of bariatric...

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Research Shows Gastric Surgery Halves Risk Of Heart Attack In Obese People

March 28, 2014 10:02 am | News | Comments

New research published today in the International Journal of Cardiology reviewed data from 14 studies involving more than 29,000 patients who underwent bariatric surgery. It reveals that death rates were reduced by 40 percent, and that heart attacks in particular were reduced by half – compared to obese people who did not have surgery...

Bariatric Surgery Decreases Risk Of Uterine Cancer

March 24, 2014 10:13 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center report that bariatric surgery resulting in dramatic weight loss in formerly severely obese women reduces the risk of endometrial (uterine) cancer by 71 percent and as much as 81 percent if normal weight is maintained after surgery...

Girl With Rare Case Of Medically Induced Obesity Has Surgery

March 24, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

A 12-year-old girl with a rare case of medically induced obesity that pushed her weight past 200 pounds is recovering after weight-loss surgery. Alexis Shapiro, from Cibolo, Texas, was sedated and on a ventilator late Friday after undergoing weight-loss surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, NBC News reported...

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Exercise, Surgically Removing Belly Fat Improves Cognition In Obese, Diabetic Mice

February 26, 2014 9:30 am | News | Comments

Cognitive decline that often accompanies obesity and diabetes can be reversed with regular exercise or surgical removal of belly fat, scientists report. A drug already used to treat rheumatoid arthritis also helps obese/diabetic adult mice regain their ability to learn and comprehend, while transplanting belly fat to a normal mouse reduces those abilities...

Few Eligible Patients Can Get Weight Loss Surgery

February 14, 2014 1:08 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Articles | Comments

Like 78 million other Americans, MaryJane Harrison is obese. And like many critically overweight Americans, Harrison cannot afford to have weight loss surgery because her health insurance doesn't cover it. The financial burden makes it nearly impossible for her to follow the advice of three physicians who have prescribed the stomach-shrinking procedure for Harrison, who is four-feet, 10 inches and weighs 265 pounds...

Gastric Sleeve Little Help For GERD

February 6, 2014 10:09 am | by Crystal Phend | News | Comments

Gastric bypass surgery usually resolved comorbid gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), whereas laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy did not and actually led to some new onset heartburn, a national database showed...      

Gastric Bypass Improves Insulin Secretion In Pigs

January 31, 2014 10:15 am | News | Comments

The majority of gastric bypass patients mysteriously recover from their type 2 diabetes within days, before any weight loss has taken place. A study at Lund University Diabetes Centre in Sweden has now shown that the insulin-producing beta cells increase in number and performance after the surgery...

Two Million People Eligible For Weight Loss Surgery

January 20, 2014 11:21 am | News | Comments

Two million people in England could be eligible for weight loss surgery according to new research published today. The figure far exceeds previous estimates of eligibility. Researchers concluded that people fulfilling the national criteria were more likely to be women, retired, have lower educational qualifications, and have lower socioeconomic status...

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Research Looks Into Race And Bariatric Surgery

January 6, 2014 10:46 am | News | Comments

Among those who have surgery, Caucasian Americans are twice as likely as African Americans to have weight loss surgery. On the surface, the data appear to signal racial disparity, but when researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center dug deeper to ask why this variation exists, the answer was more complicated...

Extent of Obesity Not Strongest Factor For Patients When Choosing Type Of Weight Loss Operation

November 25, 2013 12:03 pm | News | Comments

A new study investigating why obese patients choose one type of weight loss operation over another reveals that the main factors influencing decision making are whether patients have type 2 diabetes, how much weight they want to lose, and their tolerance for surgical risk to achieve their ideal weight...

Study Ties Surgical Weight Loss To Reduced Aging

November 15, 2013 9:56 am | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a connection between surgical weight loss and the aging biomarker, the telomere, a DNA sequence found on the end of chromosomes. According to a study, weight loss following bariatric surgery was associated with increased telomere length indicating decreased aging...

Study: Bariatric Surgery Can Lead To Premature Birth

November 13, 2013 9:26 am | News | Comments

Babies born of women who have undergone bariatric (weight-loss) surgery are more likely to be premature and to be small for gestational age, according to a large registry study carried out at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. The researchers believe that these pregnancies should be considered risk pregnancies and that prenatal care should monitor them extra carefully...

Gut Hormone Test Predicts Individual Efficacy Of Gastric Bypass

November 8, 2013 9:46 am | News | Comments

The gastric bypass is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the treatment of obesity. In most patients, it quickly produces substantial body weight loss. Even before the weight loss, the procedure leads to improved glucose tolerance. However, these metabolic improvements vary considerably from patient to patient. A hormone test may be able to predict the extent of metabolic improvement caused by the gastric bypass...

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Three Years Post-Op Bariatric Surgery Patients See Big Benefits, Pitt Study Says

November 5, 2013 11:38 am | News | Comments

For millions of Americans struggling with obesity and considering surgical procedures to achieve weight loss and alleviate obesity-related health complications, a new study adds weight to the health benefits attributed to bariatric surgery...

Many Health Woes In Teens Seeking Obesity Surgery

November 5, 2013 11:07 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

U.S. teens seeking weight-loss surgery have a startling number of health problems that used to be seen only in adults, according to a major government-funded study. Half the teens had at least four major illnesses linked with their excess weight. Three out of four had cholesterol problems; almost half had high blood pressure or joint pain; and many had diseased livers or kidneys...

Study: Surgery Tops For Weight Loss

October 24, 2013 11:41 am | by Charles Bankhead | News | Comments

Bariatric surgery leads to significantly greater weight loss and resolution of diabetes and metabolic syndrome as compared with nonsurgical approaches to obesity, a meta-analysis of randomized trials showed. On average, patients lost an additional 57 pounds when bariatric surgery was added to conventional nonsurgical approaches to weight loss...

Gastric Banding May Boost Glucose Control

October 21, 2013 11:25 am | by Cole Petrochko | News | Comments

Gastric banding was associated with improvements in glucose metabolism, normalization of blood glucose in most diabetic patients, and reductions in pro-inflammatory immune cells, researchers found. At 2 and 12 weeks after surgery, patients had -- on average -- significantly lowered fasting glucose, 2-hour glucose, HbA1c, fasting insulin, and triacylglycerol from baseline measures...

Impact Of Bariatric Surgery On Health Depends On Type Of Surgery, Patient Characteristics

October 15, 2013 11:03 am | News | Comments

The impact of bariatric surgery on risk factors for cardiovascular disease depends on a variety of factors, including the type of surgery, sex of the patient, ethnic background, and pre-surgery body mass index, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today...

Peer Rating Strategy Predicts Bariatric Outcome

October 11, 2013 9:12 am | Articles | Comments

Patients of bariatric surgeons deemed to have poor skills by peers who watched them perform a procedure were almost three times more likely to have complications and five times more likely to die than those treated by top-rated surgeons, a study found. The complication rate among patients treated by surgeons in the bottom quartile was 14.5 percent, compared with 5.2 percent among those treated by surgeons in the highest quartile...

Duodenal Switch Beats Gastric Bypass For Blood Sugar Control

October 4, 2013 3:33 pm | by Kristina Fiore | Articles | Comments

When it comes to bariatric surgery, the duodenal switch procedure may offer a better glycemic profile than gastric bypass, researchers found. In a small study comparing three forms of bariatric surgery, all patients had improved fasting blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity -- but those who'd had gastric bypass had a much larger spike followed by a deeper trough in blood sugar on a glucose tolerance test...

Body Contouring Improves Long-Term Weight Control After Gastric Bypass

October 2, 2013 10:56 am | News | Comments

Body contouring surgery to remove excess skin improves long-term weight control in patients after gastric bypass surgery, reports a study in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)...

Opioid Use Up After Bariatric Surgery

October 2, 2013 9:20 am | by Crystal Phend | Articles | Comments

Chronic opioid use increased rather than decreased after bariatric surgery, an observational study showed. Among patients on the painkillers before surgery, 77 percent stayed on them over the next year as mean daily morphine equivalents rose 13 percent in the first year and 18 percent across three years after surgery...

Study: Weight Loss Surgery Keeps Diabetes At Bay Long Term, Reverses Complications

September 20, 2013 9:37 am | by Ryan Jaslow | Articles | Comments

Weight loss surgery may keep diabetes and heart woes at bay for long periods of time -- and might even reverse some disease complications, new research suggests. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic looked at a group of people with diabetes who underwent weight loss, or bariatric, surgery to treat their obesity...

Study: 30 Percent Lower Risk Of Dying For Diabetics With Bypass Surgery Vs. Stent

September 13, 2013 10:34 am | News | Comments

People with diabetes have a 30 percent less chance of dying if they undergo coronary artery bypass surgery rather than opening the artery through angioplasty and inserting a stent, a new study has found. The findings are significant and have public health implications because of the sheer size of the difference in outcomes, according to the researchers at St. Michael's Hospital.

Score Predicts Gastric Bypass Results In DM

September 13, 2013 9:28 am | by Charles Bankhead | Articles | Comments

A scoring system based on four clinical variables has the potential to pre-operatively identify patients likely to have remission of diabetes after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery, investigators reported. The 22-point, insulin-weighted system had a strong inverse association with diabetes remission, ranging from 88 percent of patients who had scores of 0 to 2 to a low of 2 percent for patients with scores of 18 to 22.

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