Low cost, low risk procedure aids weight loss

A recent paper, ‘Banded Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass for the Treatment of Morbid Obesity’, published in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD), concluded that the banded bypass procedure is safe and may provide better weight loss in super-obese patients. Bariatric News talked to one of the study’s authors, Dr Philip Schauer (Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH), about the study and benefits of the procedure…

Banded procedures help to prevent weight regain

Bariatric News talked to Professor Rudolph Weiner, Head of the Department of Surgery of the Frankfurt Sachsenhausen Hospital, Frankfurt, Germany, who discussed the growing trend of using a ring in gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures. He cited the example of a sleeve gastrectomy where the antrum region of the stomach, before the pylorus, can become dilated and as a result the capacity of the sleeve increases.

The PinkyTrigger: a re-useable retrogastric dissector

In March 2012, Bariatric Solutions introduced a re-useable retrogastric dissector for single hand tissue tunnelling during bariatric procedures. Called the PinkyTrigger, the laparoscopic 5mm instrument is easy to use and incorporates a dynamic lever facilitating the curve the tip of the instrument to a maximum angle of 130° in an uninterrupted fashion. 

Bariatric News spoke to Dr Paul Super, Birmingham, UK, who has performed over 200 laparoscopic gastric band procedures with the PinkyTigger, to discuss the benefits of using the device.