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Bariatricnews.net: Top 10 most read articles in July 2016

Just in case you missed any news in July 2016, these were the 10 most read articles on bariatricnews.net 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

Weight loss from bariatric surgery appears to reverse the premature aging associated with obesity, according to research presented at Frontiers in CardioVascular Biology (FCVB) 2016. In his presentation, ‘Reversal of premature aging markers after bariatric surgery', Dr Philipp Hohensinner, a researcher at the Medical University of Vienna in Vienna, Austria, said that surgical patients had longer telomeres and less inflammation two years after surgery...(more)

First data from IAS self-assembling magnets

The six-month results of the first-ever clinical study evaluating the endoscopic creation of a dual-path enteral diversion using the GI Windows’ Incision-less Anastomosis System (IAS) were announced at Digestive Disease Week 2016 (DDW), in San Diego, CA. The data support the safety and efficacy of GI Windows’ IAS as a treatment option for Type 2 diabetes in obese patients...(more)

IFSO publishes July 2016 e-newsletter

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. 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...(more)

Bariatric surgery increases risk of self-harm and depression

Patients with a history of depression run a high risk of severe post-operative depression after gastric bypass surgery, according to a study from the from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, published in the Annals of Surgery, who examined the frequency of hospitalisation for depression, self-harm and suicide after surgery using data from the Swedish National Patient Register, the Swedish Prescribed Drug Register and the Cause of Death Registry...(more)

T1D: Meta-analysis finds benefits from surgery

A systematic review and meta-analysis has reported that obese patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D) can achieve reductions in weight, as well as improvements in glycaemic status reflected in both total daily insulin requirement and HbA1c after bariatric surgery. Ultimately, further research including randomized controlled trials is necessary to confirm these findings. The paper, ‘A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Outcomes for Type 1 Diabetes after Bariatric Surgery’, was published in the Journal of Obesity...(more)

EnteroMedics’ vBloc Therapy used for failed gastric sleeve

EnteroMedics has announced a first-of-its-kind procedure in which the company's vBloc Neurometabolic Therapy was used as an adjunctive treatment in two patients with obesity who failed to achieve sufficient weight loss and diabetes control with their previous gastric sleeve surgeries. Both vBloc procedures were performed at the VA North Texas Health Care System by Dr Sachin Kukreja, Director of Bariatric Surgery...(more)

Accredited bariatric centres have fewer complications

Patients who have weight-loss operations at non-accredited bariatric surgical facilities in the US are up to 1.4 times likelier to experience serious complications and more than twice as likely to die after the operation compared with patients who undergo these procedures at accredited bariatric surgical centres, according to a paper published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. These results from a systematic review of published medical studies included more than one million patients...(more)