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See you in the new year!

Well, that’s it! We’re taking a couple of weeks off for Christmas, and coming back in the new year. 

Bariatric News has been online now since June 2012, and it’s been a great experience building the site, and seeing what works and what doesn’t. 

2012 has been an fascinating year for bariatric surgery – we’ve seen stories develop like the sleeve gastrectomy U-turn by the CMS, the growing acceptance of techniques like gastric plication, new data on the benefits of a banded bypass, as well as the decline of the gastric band as a stand-alone operation.

This year also saw the emergence of new technologies and techniques such as endoscopic stents, intragastric balloon capsules and self-assembling magnets. We also reported on ground-breaking research as investigators around the world continue to unravel the links between obesity and metabolic disorders.

Our unique conference reports have been a great success and we're looking forward to featuring even more in-depth coverage of conferences like IFSO, Non-Inva, Alpine Experts and BOMSS over the next 12 months.

We have also interviewed many bariatric specialists including Pradeep Chowbey, Rudolf Weiner, Paul Anderson, Richard Welbourn and Yuri Yashkov.

Here’s a few of the biggest stories from the last six months published on the site. 

June

New endoscopic stent can lead to 100% EWL
The Full Sense device, designed to place constant, active pressure on the stomach, is still under development and working its way through human trials, but it is demonstrating a very impressive ability to engender weight loss in implantees.

July

The Ring: to have, or not to have?
We report on a four-year study, in which adding a band to a gastric bypass gave improved excess weight loss at the four-year mark.

Studies show new bariatric implant is “safe and effective"
Early results suggest that a new bariatric device under development, designed to restrict the volume that the stomach can expand into, could feasibly be safely and effectively used in adult patients.

Surgery and the redevelopment of eating disorders
Bariatric surgery procedures can lead to the redevelopment of eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia, according to this conference report from the Digestive Disorders Federation meeting.

What to do when the sleeve fails?
Sleeve gastrectomies are generally thought of to be safe, effective and durable. But they can go wrong. We talked to Andrés Sánchez-Pernaute about what you can do next.

August

Sharp drop in US gastric band operations
Allergan’s August financial reports suggest that gastric operations are becoming less and less popular in the USA, becoming almost eclipsed by sleeve gastrectomies.

More data needed to prove efficacy of gastric plication
The first literature review of laparoscopic gastric plication found positive results, but concluded that more data is needed. Inevitably, the next week…

September

Dr Talebpour

Gastric plication: the first 12 years
…We report on long-term results from Mohammad Talebpour, the inventor of this technique, who suggests that it is relatively simple, safe, and effective, but demonstrates a similar long-term tendency towards weight regain as other modalities.

IFSO report: the future of the gastric bypass
Live at September’s huge bariatric conference in New Delhi, India, we report on talks from Khaled Gawdat, Enrique Lanzarini, Karl Miller and Jacques Himpens, who gave talks on the latest developments to affect the gold-standard bariatric operation.

International surgery trends: banding down, sleeves up
Henry Buchwald gives the latest results from his international survey into the latest surgical trends. The headline fact: based on his figures, he believes that gastric banding is “more or less disappearing”.

October

Dr MAL Fobi

GaBP Ring significantly improves Roux-en-Y
Adding a band to a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass leads to significant improvements in both weight loss and resolution of comorbidities. A few days later, MAL Fobi tells us that he’s convinced his invention would benefit all bypass patients.

New UK bariatric surgery guidelines published
The British Obesity Metabolic Surgery Society and the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services both release guidelines for bariatric surgery providers in October, intending to codify best practice and translate it into quality care structures in the UK.

AMOS study reports benefits of surgery for adolescents
The two-year results from this study suggests that the still-controversial practice of performing gastric bypasses on adolescents is as beneficial for them as it is for adults.

Allergan considering sale of Lap-Band division
Continuing sales woes in the face of increasing scepticism from the scientific community as to the Lap-Band’s safety and effectiveness has led the manufacturer, Allergan, to consider selling their obesity intervention division. 

December

Bariatric surgery on the rise in USA
A survey of US bariatric hospitals reveals that most have experienced a small increase in the number of bariatric operations they have performed over the last 18 months.

Now it’s over to you! What did you think were the biggest stories in bariatric surgery in the last year? What are you looking forward to next year? What stories did you enjoy the most – or, alternatively, what did you think we missed this year?

Have a great Christmas - we’ll see you in the new year.