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12:07 05/09/16 | Owen Haskins | Editor in chief, Bariatric News

Just in case you missed any news in August 2016, these were the 10 most read articles on including the latest research, product & industry news, policy news and more...

Ten year outcomes shows durability of RYGB

Roux-en-y gastric bypass is a durable operation for long-term weight loss and treatment of obesity-related comorbid disease, according to researchers from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. The study, which included 1,087 patients who underwent RYGB procedures over a 20-year study period (1985–2004), reported that excess body mass index significantly improved over time and a significant decrease in obesity-related comorbid disease persisted at ten years of follow-up after RYGB...(more)

LSG allows early changes in the fasting levels

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) has subtle differences from other malabsorptive bariatric operations, demonstrated by the significant early changes in the fasting levels of factors thought to be important regulators of obesity and metabolic health, according to researchers from the University of Notre Dame, Vincent’s Centre for Applied Medical Research and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research...(more)

Additional surgery for severe post-op hypoglycaemia

Reconstruction of gastrojejunal continuity may be the safest and most successful procedure for patients who present with post-operative hypoglycaemia following bariatric surgery and do not respond to pharmacological treatment, according to a study published in the journal Obesity Facts. According to the Swedish Nationwide cohort study, 0.2% of patients undergoing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) suffer from this complication...(more)

Pre-operative factors and weight loss post-RYGB

06:45 15/08/16 | Owen Haskins | Editor in chief, Bariatric News

Just in case you missed any news in July 2016, these were the 10 most read articles on including the latest research, product & industry news, policy news and more...

Ethicon receives 510(k) clearance for Harmonic HD 1000i Shears

Ethicon’s Harmonic HD 1000i has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA, a decision the company believes will transform energy solutions to make measurable clinical and cost-of-care improvements for healthcare providers and patients globally. The Harmonic HD 1000i is a next generation ultrasonic surgical device designed to address unique challenges in complex open and laparoscopic procedures...(more)

Why patients are not interested in surgery

There are a number of factors why patients are not interested bariatric surgery despite evidence showing that surgery is an effective intervention for weight loss and diabetes management, according to research from Canada. The study team from York University, Toronto and The Wharton Medical Clinic, Hamilton, ON, Canada, found that despite qualifying for surgery, patients were worried about the complications from surgery and claimed they did not need surgery to lose weight. The study authors stated that greater education regarding weight management goals and surgical interventions is required...(more)

Bariatric surgery associated with increased fracture risk

Bariatric surgery patients are more likely to have increased fracture risks both before and after the surgical procedure, compared to obese and non-obese people who don't need surgery, according to a large study published by The BMJ. Obesity may not be as protective for fracture as originally thought, claim the authors, and they suggest that fracture risk assessment and management should be part of weight loss care...(more)

Bariatric surgery appears to reverse premature aging

11:42 27/07/16 | Owen Haskins | Editor in chief, Bariatric News

The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders has published its July 2016 newsletter, which is now available to download from their website, please click here to access the e-newsletter.

Highlights in the latest issue include a message from outgoing IFSO’s president, Natan Zundel, who thanks IFSO members for their support over the last year. He also highlights the publication of the important Position Statement on “Indications for surgery for obesity and weight related disease” published online in the Obesity Surgery Journal and which will appear in print on the August issue.

As ever, the Presidents of IFSO Chapter provide an update on all the recent activities. Michel Suter, President of the European Chapter, reports on the success of the First European Obesity Summit, in Gothenburg, in June 2016, which was attended by over 1,500. There were several interactive sessions, involving both surgeons and non-surgeons, allowed for intense scientific exchanges and communication. After this first enthusiastic experience, it is hoped that collaboration with EASO will continue and lead to the organization of future joint meetings of the same quality.

Ninh Nguyen, President of the North American Chapter, highlights the IFSO North American Chapter Course at Obesity Week-End that offered a comprehensive review of the metabolic consequences of different bariatric interventions with the latest updates on the available relevant data, comparison among procedures and results. He also looks forward to ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans from October 31 to November 4.

Juan Antonio Lopez-Corvala, President of the Latin American Chapter, discusses the III Intermedial IFSO LAC Congress held in Cartagena, Colombia from April 13 - 16th, which was organised in conjunction with the Asociacion Colombia-na de Obesidad y Cirugia Bariatrica during the Ibero/American Congress of Obesity, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery in the Convention Center of the Hotel Las Americas.  He states that the III Intermedial Congress was a great success, and looks forward to the VII IFSO LAC Congress, that will held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, from April 26 - 29 2017.

Lilian Kow, President of the Asia Pacific Chapter, previews some of the forthcoming meeting for the Chapter including; the 7th Asian Diabetes Surgery Summit (ADSS) will take place at the Taipei International Convention Center October 28 and 29, 2016; the Saudi Society’s (SASMBS) second international conference October 7-9, 2016, the theme of the conference is “Diabesity: a Threatening Epidemic”.

01:13 11/07/16 | Owen Haskins | Editor in chief, Bariatric News

Just in case you missed any news in June 2016, these were the 10 most read articles on including the latest research, product & industry news, policy news and more...

Sensory neurons show how surgery achieves weight loss

The vagus nerve has long been recognised as the internal sensory system, regulating breathing and heart rate among, as well as sensing and signalling that feeling of fullness to the brain. That same nerve also detects nutrients and controls digestion. Yet how it receives the information it uses to perform these tasks has been less well-known...(more)

First successful bariatric application for LapDome device

Narvitas Medical Devices International Limited, a UK-based global medical device company, has announced the successful use of its LapDome in a patient that would be medically categorised as morbidly obese. LapDome, which the company claims is the first commercially available laparoscopic surgery access device, is designed to provide safer and more rapid access to the abdominal cavity at the outset of laparoscopic surgery. The procedure was performed on a patient weighing 308lbs with a BMI49 by Dr Andreas Thurkow, in the Netherlands...(more)

Stretta GERD treatment can yield substantial cost savings

Researchers from Baker Tilly LLP, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Stanford University, has suggested the potential for substantial payer cost savings associated with radiofrequency energy (RFE, Stretta Therapy, Mederi Therapeutics) treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) patients, compared to treatment with medical management or fundoplication. The study, ‘Budget Impact Analysis to Estimate the Cost Dynamics of Treating Refractory Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease With Radiofrequency Energy: a Payer Perspective’, is published in Managed Care...(more)

Whole-person perspective is needed to assess obesity