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

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

Ethicon launches Harmonic HD 1000i shears complex surgery

Ethicon has launched their new, high precision ultrasonic device, Harmonic HD 1000i Shears, designed to address unique challenges in complex surgical procedures in the US. According to the company, the new device features unmatched precision, unparalleled strength and optimal efficiency and builds upon the ‘most advanced’ ultrasonic portfolio on the market...(more)

Anastomosis size contributes to bleeding and stenosis rates

A study comparing the incidence of early complications related with the handsewn gastrojejunal anastomosis in gastric bypass using Fouchet catheter with different diameters, has reported that a diameter of the anastomosis of 15 mm was related with lower incidence of stenosis. However, the study also found that these patients had major bleeding postoperatively and lower surgical site infection, with no incidences of anastomotic leaks...(more)

LRYGB superior to LSG for mid-term weight loss

Researchers from West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, have reported that whilst both Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) were safe and effective bariatric procedures in a their group of Chinese patients, LRYGB seemed to be superior to LSG in terms of mid-term weight loss. The paper, ‘Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy versus Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for morbid obesity: a 1:1 matched cohort study in a Chinese population’, was published in the journal Oncotarget...(more

MIDSLEEVE™ gastric tube - improving calibration

In many countries in the world, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy has overtaken gastric bypass has the popular procedure. Despite its popularity, the procedure can still result in complications due to technical failures such as misidentification of vital surgical landmarks, use of improper staple heights, inadvertent traction, unguided imbrications of the staple line, spiral coiling of the stomach and failure in identification of safe diameter at most vulnerable areas like antrum and GE junction...(more)

Adolescent bariatric surgery cost-effective after five years

In a study assessing the cost-effectiveness of bariatric surgery for adolescents with obesity using published results from the Teen-Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery study, researchers have reported that while bariatric surgery was not cost-effective over a three-year time horizon, it could become cost-effective if assessed over a time horizon of give years...(more)

Timing of post-op pregnancy key to reducing complications

Infants who were born less than two years after a mother's bariatric surgery had higher risks for prematurity, neonatal intensive care unit admission, and small for gestational age status compared with longer intervals between bariatric surgery and childbirth, according to a study published online by JAMA Surgery...(more)

Stretta Therapy – a first line option for GERD

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is estimated to affect 20% of the population in the USA1, this equates to approximately 65 million people from a population of 320 million people. Most patients manage reflux disease through medications (eg proton pump inhibitor) or in extreme cases surgery (Nissen fundoplication). According to Dr Mark Noar from The Heartburn and Reflux Study Center, Towson, MD, patients who are not responding to medication and are considered candidates for surgery, should consider another treatment option – Stretta Therapy...(more)

SOS: Surgery reduces gout and hyperuricaemia

The latest paper from the Swedish Obese Subjects (SOS) study group has reported that compared with usual care, bariatric surgery was associated with reduction in gout and hyperuricaemia. Reporting their findings in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, the study authors noted that “These results confirm once more that the beneficial effects of bariatric surgery are not limited to weight loss and that they also extend to the prevention of hyperuricaemia and gout...(more)

Study to investigate insufficient weight loss and weight regain

A team of researchers at seven institutions across the US is working to find out why some patients who undergo weight loss surgery do not lose the weight they expect or they regain weight. Dr Kristine Steffen, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences in the North Dakota State University (NDSU) School of Pharmacy is receiving a US$3.7 million, five-year grant award for a study that examines how biological and behavioural factors interact in determining the success of bariatric surgery...(more)

Post-surgical serum ferritin levels and tooth loss

A study evaluating the levels of serum ferritin before and after bariatric surgery and assessing whether there is a relation with tooth loss, reported that there was no significant difference regarding the serum ferritin levels between dentate (having a tooth-like or serrated edge) and edentulous (lacking teeth) patients prior to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. However, after surgery the serum ferritin levels were higher in edentulous patients (prosthesis users) when compared to the pre-surgical levels, and the post-surgical levels presented significant difference regarding the dentate patients...(more)