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Bariatricnews.net: Top 10 most read articles in February 2014

Just in case you missed any news last month, these were the 10 most read articles on bariatricnews.net in February 2014 including the latest research, product & industry news, policy news and more...

Diabetes - prevention is better than cure

In a recent paper, Australian researchers reported that bariatric surgery may be an effective diabetes prevention strategy for paitents with impaired fasting glucose. Here, co-author of the study, Professor Paul O'Brien, discusses the possible implications of the findings...(more)

LSG does not relieve or resolve GERD

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy does not resolve or relieve gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and in some instances may actually contribute to reflux, according to the study by researchers from the Madigan Army Medical Center, Ft Lewis, WA…(more)

Low cost, low risk procedure aids weight loss

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...(more)

Banded bypass more effective in super obese

Banded bypass procedure is safe and may provide better weight loss in super-obese patients, according to a paper, published in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD). The researchers urged further prospective and long-term comparative studies of the banded bypass procedure to confirm its safety and whether it is superior to standard non-banded bypass...(more)

Mesenteric defects: To close or not to close

To close or not to close a mesenteric defect that was the question asked of delegates by two teams of researchers. Although laparoscopic Roux-En Y Bypass (LRYGB) is the most common bariatric procedure it is still not clear whether closing mesenteric defects prevents internal hernias – these spaces are considered to be potential cause for bowel obstruction leading to increase in morbidity and mortality...(more)

MGB results in weight-loss but linked to cancer

Early results of mini-gastric bypass show that the procedure is safe and effective however, researchers have highlighted concerns that the benefits of the procedure could negated by a long term risk of developing oesophago-gastric cancer...(more)

MGB cancer link: the evidence is very weak

On 11 February 2014, Bariatricnews.net published an article featuring a paper by Maureen Boyle and co-workers at Sunderland Royal Hospital who reported an analysis of a small prospective database on the mini-gastric bypass (MGB); this first MGB series from the UK found excellent safety and weight loss compared to other bariatric operations, as found recently in large series (1-3)...(more)

Response to Bariatric News article

It was my unit that presented the early results with MGB and I take exception to your headline, “MGB results in weight-loss but linked to cancer”. Before we undertook the first MGB, we extensively researched all published human data on this procedure...(more)

TIF demonstrates effectiveness for GERD symptoms

Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) is a safe and effective therapeutic option for carefully selected patients with chronic gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, according to the results of a registry published in the journal Surgical Laparoscopy Endoscopy and Percutaneous Techniques...(more)

Salvage banding is an option after failed bypass

Bypass patients who have not achieved 50% excess weight loss (%EWL) at two years should consider salvage laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), according to a study presented by Dr John Loy, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York...(more)