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American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

AspireAssist is endorsed by ASMBS

Aspire Bariatrics has received an endorsement from the American Society of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (“ASMBS”) for its AspireAssist system. The device consists of a low-profile implantable gastrostomy tube and a siphon system. Patients drain the contents of their stomachs after a meal, thereby reducing caloric absorption. The AspireAssist is given in conjunction with lifestyle therapy, in which patients are taught portion control, careful chewing, and other healthy lifestyle habits.

Accredited bariatric centre reduces post-operative complications

An academic medical centre’s weight-loss surgery programme greatly lowered its rates of several postoperative complications, including rehospitalisation in the first month, surgical site and urinary tract infections and bleeding, despite almost doubling its surgical volume over five years – according to the results of a multi-year quality improvement project presented at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2018 Quality and Safety Conference.

SBCBM and ASMBS discuss new pathways and future partnerships

On the first day of the XIX Brazilian Congress of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, held this Wednesday, June 6th, in Fortaleza, members of the Brazilian Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (SBCBM) and of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) discussed new pathways for bariatric/metabolic surgery and future partnerships in projects of common interest, during an integrative symposium.

ASMBS adds intragastric balloon to approved procedures and devices

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) has added the intragastric balloon to its list of approved procedures and devices, following an extensive review and analysis of safety and effectiveness data, and public comment from ASMBS members.

Launching the online SOARD Journal Club

The official journal of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) – the Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases journal – has announced the creation of a dedicated online forum which will critically analyse SOARD publications, called the SOARD Journal Club.

Position Statement on postprandial hyperinsulinemia hypoglycaemia

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) has issued a Position statement on postprandial hyperinsulinemia hypoglycaemia after bariatric surgery for the purpose of enhancing quality of care in metabolic and bariatric surgery. The Position Statement includes suggestions for its management, which are derived from available knowledge, peer-reviewed scientific literature, and expert opinion.

ASMBS launches Essentials app for bariatric surgery

After two years of collaboration, the Essentials of Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery Taskforce of the ASMBS has launched the Essentials app. It includes everything any and every health provider needs to know when caring for patients from the beginning stages of considering weight loss surgery to the recovery process. It also serves as a review for the bariatric surgeon and certified bariatric nurse.

TRICARE to cover sleeve gastrectomy for US patients

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has announced that TRICARE beneficiaries with severe obesity will now be covered for sleeve gastrectomy due to a policy change made in December 2015 by the healthcare program for members of the military and their families.

ASMBS publishes position statement on vBloc Therapy

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) has published a position statement, ‘American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery position statement on vagal blocking therapy for obesity’, in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD). The statement was prepared by Drs Pavlos Papasavas, Maher El Chaar and Shanu N  Kothari, on behalf of the ASMBS after review by the ASMBS Clinical Issues Committee.

Organisations discuss obesity at the 2nd annual NOS

As reported on the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) website, in September 2015, representatives from 35 major health and medical organizations, including the American Diabetes Association (ADA), American Medical Association (AMA), American Heart Association (AHA), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), convened in Chicago at the second annual National Obesity Summit (NOS) on the Provision of Care for the Obese Patient.

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