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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...

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...

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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...

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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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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.

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