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Return of the LAP-BAND

Approved by the FDA in 2001, the LAP-BAND® System has been hailed by some as the device that brought bariatric surgery to the masses and by others as an example of market abandonment. Over the last 18 years, the device has had a roller coaster ride from boasting sales in excess of US$280 million to being much maligned and sold three times. Now, the device has landed back into the lap of the very person who first led commercialization of the device nearly two decades ago, Mr Bart Bandy, President and Chief Executive Officer of ReShape Lifesciences™.

Coffee Time interview.

We talk to Dr Kelvin Higa (Director of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, Fresno, CA), past-president of the ASMBS, and current president of IFSO, about his career in medicine, the influence of his father and his views on the future of bariatric and metabolic surgery.

Bariatric experience in Australia

The practice of bariatric surgery varies throughout the world – from patients and procedures to follow-up and outcomes. At the 20th IFSO World Congress at the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna, Austria, Bariatric News spoke to Associate Professor Harsha Chandraratna from St John of God Hospital, Perth, Australia, about patient choice, managing expectations and making bariatric surgery more effective.

Exclusive interview

The IFSO 2014 Congress will be taking place at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Québec, Canada from August 26-30, 2014. Bariatric News looks forward to the meeting with Professor Michel Gagner, Congress President of the XIX IFSO World Congress, who discusses the highlights of this year’s scientific programme from cutting-edge research and world-class plenary sessions to a record number of live surgery cases...

Banded bypass

A recent paper, ‘Banded Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass for the Treatment of Morbid Obesity’, published in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD), concluded that the banded bypass procedure is safe and may provide better weight loss in super-obese patients. Bariatric News talked to one of the study’s authors, Dr Philip Schauer (Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH), about the study and benefits of the procedure…


Bariatric News was delighted to speak with Professor Mervyn Deitel, one of the Founders of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery in 1983 in Iowa City and a President of the ASBS in 1995. He was one of the 13 Founders of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO) in Stockholm in 1995, the first Executive Director of IFSO, and remains an Honorary Life Member. We spoke about his career in bariatric surgery…

Preventing weight regain

Different bariatric procedures are based on different principles, primarily malabsorption or restriction. A problem with all restrictive procedures occurs when the restriction becomes limited, causing the gastric pouch to stretch (in the case of bypass) or stretching the sleeve (following a sleeve gastrectomy), which ultimately leads to the patient regaining weight.

SOReg outcomes

The latest report from the Scandinavian Obesity Surgery Registry (SOReg) has revealed that bariatric surgery has a low mortality, low complication rate and results in a reduction of excess weight by 70 – 80% 12 to 18 months after surgery. Bariatric News talks exclusively to Dr Jan L Hedenbro, a member of the SOReg Steering Committee, about the aims, outcomes and implications of the registry.

Ashish Sinha

Bariatric News speaks to Dr Ashish Sinha, an anaesthesiologist specialising in extremely obese patients at Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, about the challenges he faces when treating bariatric patients.

Interview: Jerome Dargent

Dr Jerome Dargent is the chairman of the International Symposium on Non-Invasive Bariatric Techniques, held in Lyon, France. Based on his experience with non-invasive techniques, he has written a book listing 40 new and developing bariatric technologies, to be released before this year's conference. We talked to Jerome about his book, ‘Innovative Technologies and Non-Invasive Procedures in Bariatric Surgery’, as well as his upcoming conference, to be held on April 26-27.