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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 the population of microbial organisms in the gastrointestinal tract may underlie some of the benefits of gastric bypass surgery, reports a team of researchers.
Sleeve gastrectomy is an effective form of bariatric surgery and should no longer be considered investigational, according to updated guidelines cosponsored by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, The Obesity Society, and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery.
For morbidly obese men, levels of sex hormones increased after bariatric surgery, in some cases to higher levels than expected based on the amount of weight loss, researchers found.
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There is evidence that stomach bypass surgery can lead to a dramatic cure of Type-2 diabetes in addition to its positive effects on weight loss. Is it really possible that this high-tech surgery is a viable solution to diabetes?
Despite a five-fold increase in the US over the last five years, the days of gastric band procedures are numbered, thanks to the investigation into nonsurgical and less expensive alternatives, states an analyst for research and consulting firm GlobalData.
For Medicare patients, having bariatric surgery at a designated "center of excellence" did not offer better outcomes, researchers found. In a retrospective study, there were no differences in any complications between centers that had the designation and those that did not.
The two-year substudy evaluated the effects of bariatric surgery and intensive medical therapy on blood sugar levels, body composition, and pancreatic beta-cell function. Striking metabolic changes were observed in patients who underwent bariatric surgery compared with intensive medical therapy.
Bariatric surgery did not reduce healthcare costs over the long term when surgery patients were compared with matched obese patients who did not have surgery, a review of almost 30,000 cases showed.
Bariatric surgery is a well-documented treatment for obesity that leads to considerable weight loss and health improvement, but is the surgery successful in the long run in reducing costs associated with medical care for obesity?
Weight-loss surgery is currently only offered to patients who exceed a certain BMI. However, surgical intervention could improve the health of many more people. This is shown by the Swedish Obese Subjects study carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, involving 104 patients who were operated on despite their BMI being "too low". As a result, the risk of developing diabetes was reduced by 67 percent.
There are strong suggestions that procedures such as a gastric sleeve or lap band surgery may be likely to reverse conditions that are otherwise rare in young people but are often suffered by morbidly obese teens and children.
High fidelity imaging using cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) was performed on these patients in the months leading up to bariatric surgery and revealed heart abnormalities (such as increased left ventricular mass, left ventricular dilation, hypertension).
Experience at a single center showed an average of 47 percent excess weight loss in patients followed for more than 10 years after LAGB. A review of published studies revealed a mean excess weight loss of 54 percent at 10 years and beyond for patients treated with LAGB or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB).
The second term of an Obama administration will be marked for implementing key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but the president also wants to focus on lowering tobacco use and obesity rates.
Inpatient bariatric procedures among adolescents appear to have plateaued since 2003 to about 1,000 procedures annually, and the preferred type of operation has changed to minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures from open procedures, according to a study.