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Insurance Coverage, Provider Preference Affect Who Gets Bariatric Surgery

September 17, 2014 11:12 am | by Beth Kutscher, Modern Healthcare | News | Comments

Wide variations in whether Medicare patients undergo bariatric surgery to treat obesity suggest that insurance coverage and provider preference are heavily influencing who has access to the procedure, a new report indicates. What the report didn't find, however, was a correlation between the bariatric surgery rate and the rate of diabetes and obesity in the community.

When Weight-Loss Surgery Doesn't Work

September 8, 2014 11:16 am | by Penn Medicine | Blogs | Comments

Weight-loss surgery isn’t a magic pill, or a quick fix to lose a lot of weight. Just ask anyone...

Bariatric Accreditation Linked to Improved Rates of Patient Survival and Fewer Complications

September 4, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

Patients who underwent weight loss operations in recent years, when most bariatric surgical...

How Well Does Bariatric Surgery Work?

September 3, 2014 10:29 am | News | Comments

The number of bariatric surgeries done each year in the United States has ballooned. Now, in an...

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SP Interview: Cohera Medical Introduces TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive

September 2, 2014 11:34 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | News | Comments

In a recent interview with Surgical Products, Cohera Medical President and CEO Patrick Daly and Peter Rubin, MD, Chair of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, gave their thoughts on why TissuGlu could be an exciting breakthrough for patients recovering from large-flag procedures.

Brain Benefits From Weight Loss Following Bariatric Surgery

August 27, 2014 10:31 am | News | Comments

Weight loss surgery can curb alterations in brain activity associated with obesity and improve cognitive function involved in planning, strategizing and organizing, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). 

Doctors Blog: How Does Bariatric Surgery Work?

August 25, 2014 11:05 am | News | Comments

Regular readers will be well aware of the fact that bariatric (unfortunately, often referred to as “weight-loss surgery”) is currently the most effective treatment for severe obesity. However, exactly why and how surgery works remains unclear. Earlier concepts of surgery working either because it creates a mechanical restriction to food intake and/or reduces caloric load due to malabsorption are not borne out by newer studies.

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Disposable Biosensor May Help Determine Which Patients Can Be Fed After Surgery

August 8, 2014 11:22 am | News | Comments

A disposal, plastic listening device that attaches to the abdomen may help doctors definitively determine which post-operative patients should be fed and which should not, an invention that may improve outcomes, decrease healthcare costs and shorten hospital stays. If successful the device could also be used to help diagnose irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease, in addition to helping obese people lose weight.

RealTcut Offers Advanced Materials For Surgical Training

June 27, 2014 11:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new research objective could offer another virtual training option for surgeons. The long-term aim is to develop real-time simulators tol help train surgeons and enhance surgical planning. By constructing virtual, ‘in silico’ replicas of the patients, such tools have the potential to reduce errors and post-operative complications, and could eventually lead to robot-assisted and robot-led surgery.

Long-Term Follow-Up After Bariatric Surgery Shows Greater Rate Of Diabetes Remission

June 19, 2014 1:32 pm | by University of Gothenburg | News | Comments

In a study that included long-term follow-up of obese patients with type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery was associated with more frequent diabetes remission and fewer complications than patients who received usual care, according to a study in the June 11 issue of JAMA, a diabetes theme issue...

Obesity Surgery May 'Cure' Diabetes For 15 Years

June 11, 2014 11:00 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | Articles | Comments

Obesity surgery may keep diabetes in remission even after 15 years in some patients, a study suggests. Long-term results were missing for more than half the patients who began the study and remission rates dropped off considerably...   

Doctor: Lap Band Surgery Success Depends On Strong Relationship With Physician

May 9, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

With research mounting showing the potential of lap band surgery to help sustain dramatic weight loss and, very often, the remission of type 2 diabetes, obese Americans are considering the procedure more than ever before. However, Dr. Michael Feiz realizes that the lap band is just a tool, not a complete solution, for weight loss...

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Weight-Loss Surgery Can Reduce Liver Damage

May 5, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

Bariatric surgery, which is best known for its ability to help patients lose substantial weight, can also result in significant improvement in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to new research. Researchers found that bariatric surgery resolved liver inflammation and reversed early-stage liver fibrosis, the thickening and scarring of liver tissue, by reducing fat deposits in the liver...

Expect Changes In Appetite, Taste Of Food After Weight-Loss Surgery

April 17, 2014 9:25 am | News | Comments

Changes in appetite, taste, and smell are par for the course for people who have undergone Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery during which one’s stomach is made smaller and small intestines shortened. These sensory changes are not all negative, and could lead to more weight loss among patients...

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 United States reported that at least 19 women in five states had developed serious mycobacterial wound infections over the previous 12 months following cosmetic procedures in the Dominican Republic such as liposuction, tummy tucks, and breast implants...

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' diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good.               

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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 surgery, but rather a change in the gut metabolism, say researchers from the University of Cincinnati (UC), the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center...

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...

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...

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...

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