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Bandboozled: UK’s first slimming club for people with a gastric band

Launched in partnership with The Hospital Group, Bandboozled offers invaluable support and education which are key to getting the full benefit of the weight loss surgery success and achieving weight loss goals. Although a gastric band is a fantastic tool to aid weight loss, it won’t do the work for you; healthy eating and exercise alongside the band are vital to see the best results.

Radiographic signs of gastric band slippage

Two previously undescribed radiological signs of potentially life-threatening slippage of laparoscopically adjustable gastric bands have been reported in the American Journal of Roentgenology. The authors claim that new signs will aid radiologists in diagnosing affected bariatric patients.

Sleeve gastrectomy replaces gastric banding in USA

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy has now largely replaced gastric banding as a bariatric procedure in academic centres in the USA, according to a paper published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Prepare for revisional band operations, says surgeon

Following a large rise in the number of gastric band removals performed at his centre, a British surgeon has said he considers the operation to be an “historical” procedure, and that that surgeons should make preparations for significant numbers of revisional operations over the next few years.

Mr James Brown, of City Hospitals Sunderland, UK, told the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society’s Annual Meeting in Glasgow, Scotland that if current rates of attrition continued, he expected his centre to remove 153 gastric bands over the next three years.

Swedish Adjustable Gastric Band VC is "safe and effective"

Early outcomes from the Swedish Adjustable Gastric Band VC, the newest version of the device known as the Realize Band in the USA, suggest that it is “safe and effective”, after being tested in three Australian medical centres.

Study: weight loss causes improved insulin resistance

Dramatic weight loss, and not adjusted anatomy, is the cause of improved insulin sensitivity in bariatric surgery patients, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Surgery does not significantly improve sleep apnoea

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding does not lead to better resolution of obstructive sleep apnoea than conventional weight-loss treatment, despite better overall weight loss, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

International surgery trends: banding down, sleeves up

Henry Buchwald has presented the results from an international survey of bariatric surgery trends at the IFSO annual congress in New Delhi, India, which showed that while bariatric surgery is as popular as it was four years ago, sleeve gastrectomy is replacing gastric band surgery to such an extent that the latter may soon disappear altogether as a stand-alone procedure.

IFSO report: the future of gastric bypass

A session at IFSO’s 27th World Congress in New Delhi, India, concentrated on the latest modifications and developments to the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

Khaled Gawdat introduced the findings from a prospective non-randomised study examining the safety and efficacy of using a band to prevent the dilatation of the micro-pouch in the gastric bypass operation. Following 294 patients for up to 12 years, Gawdat said that the weight loss was more powerful and more sustained at all year points.

Patient selection improves complications, weight loss

Selecting patients according to predictive factors including their initial weight and their willingness to stick to diet and exercise regimes can result in greater weight loss and fewer reoperations following gastric band surgery, according to a study presented at the ASMBS’ 29th annual meeting in San Diego, California.

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