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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.

Study: Combined Liposuction/Tummy Tuck Offers Best Of Both Procedures

August 21, 2013 11:48 am | News | Comments

A combined technique of liposuction and tummy tuck—designed to reduce surgical trauma—provides excellent patient outcomes with a low complication rate, reports a study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open, the official open-access medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

CMS Mulling Accreditation For Bariatric Centers

August 12, 2013 11:29 am | by Charles Bankhead | News | Comments

Mandatory accreditation of bariatric surgery facilities hangs in the balance of a pending decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which has proposed eliminating the requirement. Expected in September or October, a decision to eliminate the accreditation requirement would extend Medicare coverage of bariatric surgery facilities to currently non-accredited centers.

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Obese Black Americans Half As Likely As Whites To Have Bariatric Surgery

August 9, 2013 11:46 am | News | Comments

White Americans who are obese are twice as likely as black Americans to have surgery to tackle the problem, a study has found. Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina and Imperial College London studied rates of bariatric surgery in the U.S. from 1999 to 2010.

Bariatric Surgery Changes Liver DNA

August 9, 2013 9:38 am | by Kristina Fiore | Blogs | Comments

Bariatric surgery, known for its often striking metabolic effects including mitigation of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), alters the expression of genes in the liver, researchers found. In a small study that looked at liver biopsies from NAFLD patients before and after bariatric surgery, methylation changes associated with the disease phenotype were partially reversible.

Weight Loss Surgery Alters Fatty Liver Disease Genes

August 7, 2013 11:03 am | News | Comments

Research has shown that weight loss surgery can benefit obese individuals in ways that go beyond shedding pounds, for example by causing early remission of type 2 diabetes. Now scientists have found that the surgery can also reverse the symptoms of fatty liver disease.

ADA: Bariatric Surgery Risky For Diabetic Eyes?

June 25, 2013 10:46 am | by Crystal Phend | News | Comments

Seven of the 40 diabetes patients screened about a year before and again after bariatric surgery progressed, for a rate of 17.5 percent, compared with the 2 percent to 4 percent of diabetes patients who develop retinopathy each year, a small pilot study reported.

Large De Mayo Hip Positioner

June 24, 2013 10:06 am | Innovative Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The large De Mayo Hip Positioner from Innovative Medical Products is a bariatric solution for lateral positioning of obese patients during hip surgery or in any surgery requiring lateral positioning.

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Bariatric Surgery Restores Nerve Cell Properties Altered By Diet

June 17, 2013 11:37 am | News | Comments

Understanding how gastric bypass surgery changes the properties of nerve cells that help regulate the digestive system could lead to new treatments that produce the same results without surgery. who have shown how surgery restores some properties of nerve cells that tell people their stomachs are full. The results may also better predict which patients will keep the weight off after surgery.

Long-Term Benefit of Bariatric Surgery Questioned

June 5, 2013 10:29 am | by Nancy Walsh | News | Comments

Bariatric surgery led to greater weight loss and better glycemic control than nonsurgical treatment among patients with diabetes who were mildly obese, but the evidence for long-term efficacy and safety remains limited, a recent systematic review found.

Temporary Blood Clot Filters May Do More Harm Than Good For Bariatric Surgery Patients

June 3, 2013 12:01 pm | News | Comments

The temporary placement of umbrella-like, metal mesh filters in abdominal veins to stop potentially lethal blood clots from traveling to the lungs during and after weight loss surgery may actually increase the risk of death in morbidly obese patients, according to new Johns Hopkins research.

VTE Not Easy To Prevent During Bariatric Surgery

May 31, 2013 11:16 am | by Chris Kaiser | News | Comments

Neither higher doses of anti-clotting drugs nor filters inserted in the vena cava are guaranteed to help prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) during bariatric surgery, a review of the literature suggests. A systematic review and meta-analysis was unable to show that an increased dosage of these medications can prevent VTE in bariatric surgery patients.

Tucson Surgeon First In Arizona To Offer Spider Sleeve For Weight Loss

May 28, 2013 11:51 am | News | Comments

Dr. Patrick Chiasson is using the SPIDER Surgical System to perform the weight-loss procedure through a small incision made near the patient’s belly button – resulting in a virtually invisible scar. He also is using the novel platform to perform a single-incision cholecystectomy, or gallbladder removal.

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Mom's Obesity Surgery May Help Break Cycle In Kids

May 28, 2013 10:52 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Obese mothers tend to have kids who become obese. Now provocative research suggests weight-loss surgery may help break that unhealthy cycle in an unexpected way — by affecting how their children's genes behave. In a first-of-a-kind study, Canadian researchers tested children born to obese women, plus their brothers and sisters who were conceived after the mother had obesity surgery.

Low LDL May Spell Trouble In Bariatric Surgery

May 21, 2013 12:23 pm | by Nancy Walsh | News | Comments

Among factors that predicted the likelihood that patients undergoing bariatric surgery would experience postoperative cardiopulmonary complications were low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and high levels of C-reactive protein, according to research.

Doctor: Bariatric Surgery Proving To Be Very Powerful Tool

May 14, 2013 2:37 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Dr. Philip Schauer, the Director of Cleveland Clinic's Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, describes and discusses different weight loss surgeries and the type of bariatric surgery well-known New Jersey governor Chris Christie recently underwent.

Gov. Chris Christie Had Secret Weight-Loss Surgery

May 7, 2013 10:35 am | by Marc Santora | News | Comments

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who has long struggled with obesity, underwent secret weight-loss surgery three months ago, according to a statement from his office. The surgery, which took place on Feb. 16, involved the placement of a silicone band around his stomach to reduce its size, limiting the amount of food he can take in but not altering his digestive process.

Gastric Band Also Good In Less Obese Patients

May 6, 2013 11:08 am | by Michael Smith | News | Comments

An adjustable gastric band, implanted laparoscopically, led to significant weight loss among moderately obese patients, researchers reported. In a prospective cohort study, more than four patients in five had lost more than 30 percent of their excess weight after a year.

Gene Variant Appears To Predict Weight Loss After Gastric Bypass

May 3, 2013 10:50 am | News | Comments

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have identified a gene variant that helps predict how much weight an individual will lose after gastric bypass surgery, a finding with the potential both to guide treatment planning and to facilitate the development of new therapeutic approaches to treating obesity and related conditions like diabetes.

Gastric Bypass Findings Could Lead To Diabetes Treatment

May 1, 2013 10:36 am | News | Comments

A Lund University research team has shed new light on why gastric bypass often sends diabetes into remission rapidly, opening the door to developing treatment with the same effect. About 85 percent of patients with type 2 diabetes who undergo a gastric bypass procedure recover from the disease within a few days, showing a return to normal blood sugar levels - long before any weight loss.

Study Finds Possible Alternative to Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

April 30, 2013 10:36 am | News | Comments

Scientists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center used a catheter to re-direct the flow of bile from the bile duct into the small intestine, producing the same metabolic and weight-loss benefits as bariatric surgeries such as gastric by-pass. They named the procedure bile diversion, or BD.

Handheld Laparoscopic Instruments

April 15, 2013 10:52 am | by Aesculap | Product Releases | Comments

Aesculap offers over 100 patterns of monopolar enabled handheld laparoscopic instruments. The Sovereign monopolar line of reusable scissors, forceps, graspers, and dissectors are designed to meet both the high performance expectations of surgeons and today’s rigorous reprocessing environment.

Diabetes 'Cure' After Weight Loss Surgery Lasts Long Term

April 10, 2013 11:57 am | News | Comments

Bariatric surgery may keep type 2 diabetes at bay for good. A study found 50 percent of patients whose diabetes resolved following bariatric surgery still had complete or partial remission of the disease about 6 years later. Of those who had a complete remission, 27percent met the definition of a "functional cure" of diabetes.

Diet Shown To Be Critical Factor In Improving Type 2 Diabetes After Bariatric Surgery

April 2, 2013 9:58 am | News | Comments

Patients with type 2 diabetes who consume a diet identical to the strict regimen followed after bariatric surgery are just as likely to see a reduction in blood glucose levels as those who undergo surgery, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found.

Changes In Gastrointestinal Microbes May Produce Benefits Of Gastric Bypass

April 1, 2013 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Changes in the population of microbial organisms in the gastrointestinal tract may underlie some of the benefits of gastric bypass surgery, reports a team of researchers.

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