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Elderly adults with obesity have reduced years of healthy life

A team of researchers at Duke-NUS Medical School found that older adults with obesity could expect fewer years of remaining life, at age 60, 70 and 80, with no limitation in physical function and no limitation in activities of daily living compared to individuals of normal weight.

Five-year TEMPO outcomes show GERD improvements with TIF 2.0

EndoGastric Solutions has published five-year follow-up data focused on control of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms and healthcare economics after a Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) 2.0 procedure from the TIF EsophyX vs Medical PPI Open Label (TEMPO) study. At five years post-procedure, all primary endpoints of the TEMPO study were met, with 86 percent of patients reporting the elimination of regurgitation and 80 percent of patients reporting elimination of all atypical symptoms.

Body-contouring should be as standard post-bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery followed by body-contouring surgery should be considered as the standard management in patients who are morbidly obese who have significant a layer of fibrovascular tissue or granulation tissue (pannus), following weight loss greater than 20kg. These are the conclusions by researchers from the College of Medicine and the  Plastic Surgery Department, King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who assessed the psychosocial impact of body-contouring surgery on patients after weight loss.

Surgery improves quality of life finds MA II questionnaire

Bariatric surgery improves the quality of life of (QoL) patients – and using the Moorehead–Ardelt Quality of Life Questionnaire II (MA II) – researchers were able to identify those factors patients associated with improvements in the QoL. They report that QoL among obese patients was dependent on age, gender, history of bariatric surgery and partnered status, although BMI was was not associated with outcome in MAII.

Surgery increases QoL for osteoarthritis patients

Weight loss after bariatric surgery has the potential to greatly improve the quality of life for patients suffering from osteoarthritis (OA), according to a study presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The researchers from the Arthritis Center, Orthopedic and Rheuamtologic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, looked at the results of massive weight loss through bariatric surgery to see if this may be a possible intervention to help people with OA obtain a higher quality of life.

Contour surgery: benefits of post-operative abdominoplasty

Post-bariatric surgery abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck) can provide additional weight loss to overweight patients, are medically necessary in some cases, and contribute to improvements in the quality of life for patients. Warning patients of the additional costs that may come later, once the weight is lost, or recommending abdominoplasty be listed as medically necessary, are important steps when performing bariatric surgery on large patients.

Severely obese adolescents have limited physical function

Researchers participating in the ‘Teen Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (Teen-LABS) study have reported that adolescents with severe obesity have musculoskeletal pain that limits their physical function and quality of life.

Weight discrimination effects depression and QoL

Weight discrimination is linked to significantly lower quality of life, and accounts for approximately 40% of the negative psychological effects associated with obesity, according to researchers from the University College London (UCL), London, UK. The study, funded by Cancer Research UK, analysed data from 5,056 UK adults and found that those who felt discriminated against on the basis of their weight had a 70% increase in symptoms of depression, a 14% drop in quality of life (QoL) and 12% lower life satisfaction, compared with those who did not perceive weight discrimination.

BPD-DS betters banded RYGB for QoL

A Brazilian study comparing the biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (DS) and the banded Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (BRYGB) has reported that the two types of surgery are effective to improve quality of life and weight loss. However, DS surgery produced better results in the quality of life evaluations regarding 2 of 8 domains according to the SF-36, and sexual interest according to the M-A QoLQ II.

Surgery reduces adverse effects of obesity on QoL

Gastric bypass surgery improves obese diabetic patients' physical and mental health, more than an intensive weight loss programme involving lifestyle modifications over two years, according to the results from a study presented at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society: ICE/ENDO 2014 in Chicago.

"Patients with obesity and Type 2 diabetes should consider these long-term results when making decisions about their weight loss treatment," said the study's lead investigator, Dr Donald Simonson from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston.

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