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Journal watch - 29/11/12

Bariatric Surgery with Operating Room Teams that Stayed Fixed During the Day: A Multicenter Study Analyzing the Effects on Patient Outcomes, Teamwork and Safety Climate, and Procedure Duration.

What difference does it make if OR teams stay fixed throughout the day? Quite a lot, apparently – self-reported teamwork and climate safety scores improved significantly, and procedures were performed almost 11% faster. Patient outcomes were not harmed. (Full text)

Review of the key results from the Swedish Obese Subjects (SOS) trial: a prospective controlled intervention study of bariatric surgery.

A round-up of the key study results from this large long-term study published from 2004-2012, with follow-up periods ranging from 10-20 years. (Full text)

Long-Term Effects of Sleeve Gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Morbidly Obese Subjects.

In an attempt to provide data on the durability of the improvement in type 2 diabetes remission after bariatric surgery, researchers followed up surgery recipients for around three years, finding that sleeve gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass give comparable results, and that insufficient weight loss or weight regain may hamper the benefits that the operations give on the disease. (Full text)

Changes in the Makeup of Bariatric Surgery: A National Increase in Use of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy.

Over the past four years, the makeup of bariatric surgery in the USA has changed dramatically: gastric banding is becoming less and less popular, replaced mainly by sleeve gastrectomy. (Full text)