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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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