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Journal watch - 28/02/13

Cardiac remodeling in obese patients after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.
This study examined the effect that sleeve gastrectomy has on the anatomy of the heart, finding that after a year, the interior wall and interventricular septum thickness had reduced, along with the left ventricular mass. This led to a significantly reduced Framingham Risk Score. (Full text)

Simultaneous Intra-gastric Balloon Removal and Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy for the Super-Super Obese Patients-a Prospective Feasibility Study.
Intragastric balloons are sometimes used in extremely obese individuals to reduce their weight before a more invasive procedure; this of 39 cases suggests that it is safe and feasible to remove the balloon and perform a sleeve gastrectomy in the same operation. (Full text)

Changes of blood glucose and gastrointestinal hormones 4 months after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery in Chinese obese type 2 diabetes patients with lower body mass index
This study investigates the short-term metabolic outcomes after bypass in eight patients with BMIs of 28-35. They lost 53% of their excess weight in two months, and their HbA1c had normalised. (Full text)

Comparison of short-term outcomes between laparoscopic greater curvature plication and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.
Comparing patients who underwent sleeve gastrectomy and those who underwent gastric plication, this study found that despite comorbidity resolution being common in both groups, the excess weight loss was significantly higher in the laparoscopic group.