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Obesity Surgery April issue: the highlights

The April issue of Obesity Surgery, the official journal of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, is now available online. Here’s some of the highlights from this issue:

Metabolic/Bariatric Surgery Worldwide 2011

In the latest paper from their worldwide survery, Henry Buchwald and Danette Oien report on the trends in bariatric surgery from 2008 to 2011. Abstract

Multi-Centre European Experience with Intragastric Balloon in Overweight Populations: 13 Years of Experience

The results from a multi-centre evaluation of outcomes from 261 overweight patients who received the BioEnterics Intragastric Balloon. Abstract

Pericardial Patch Ring Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: A Preliminary Report

A report on a study evaluating the safety of utilising pericardial patch as a ring on 189 RYGB patients. Abstract

Robot-Assisted Versus Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass: Comparison of Short-Term Outcomes

The results from a retrospective study comparing the results of 100 Roux-en-Y gastric bypass operations using the da Vinci robot and 100 laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypasses, including mortality, length of stay, length of operation, return to the operating room within 90 days of operation, conversions to open procedure, leaks, strictures, transfusions, and hospital readmissions. Abstract

Usefulness of X-Ray in the Detection of Complications and Side Effects After Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

This papers reports on a study that assessed the usefulness of early x-ray examination and subsequent x-ray follow-up in the detection of postoperative complications and long-term functional recovery in 101 patients. Abstract