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Accredited bariatric centres have fewer complications

Patients who have weight-loss operations at non-accredited bariatric surgical facilities in the US are up to 1.4 times likelier to experience serious complications and more than twice as likely to die after the operation compared with patients who undergo these procedures at accredited bariatric surgical centres, according to a paper published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. These results from a systematic review of published medical studies included more than one million patients.

ASMBS Hosts Spring Educational Event

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery’s Spring Educational Event brought hundreds of attendees, educators and exhibitors to Miami, Florida to discuss the most important issues in metabolic and bariatric surgery.

ASMBS defends accredited bariatric centres

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) has defended the outcomes from bariatric surgery at accredited centres, following the recent announcement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that it is considering reversing its 2006 decision requiring certification for facilities that perform bariatric surgery on Medicare beneficiaries.

Obamacare denying patients access to bariatric surgery

The Affordable Care Act (also known as ‘Obamacare’) could have the unintended consequence of denying many patients access to bariatric surgery.

One of the key components of the ACA is a mandate that state health exchanges cover a set of health care service categories it has defined as Essential Health Benefits (EHB). Categories include ambulatory patient services, prescription drugs, and chronic disease management, among others.  

Exclusive Interview with the organisers of Obesity Week

In November this year, two American societies will come together for a unique collaborative meeting in Atlanta, Georgia – Obesity Week 2013. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS) and The Obesity Society (TOS) have joined forces to create one of the largest obesity-related conferences to date. talked to Dr Philip Schauer (ASMBS) and Francesca Dea (TOS) to discuss the aims of the meeting...

AACE updates perioperative bariatric surgery guidelines

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) have updated their clinical guidelines for perioperative care after bariatric surgery, re-evaluating and clarifying the recommendations made in the original 2008 document.

The new document, which condenses the original 164 recommendations into 74, takes into account new evidence published after the publication of the original guidelines, and trends in bariatric surgery since 2008, such as the widespread adoption of sleeve gastrectomy.

ASMBS support bariatric surgery for BMI<35 patients

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) has issued a statement endorsing the use of bariatric surgery, including gastric banding, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and sleeve gastrectomy, in patients with a BMI between 30 and 35.

The paper, written by the ASMBS’ Clinical Issues Committee and published in the latest issue of SOARD, says that surgery in the mildly obese population “should be an available option for suitable individuals”.

Ten-year trial: bypass beats band

A trial designed to assess outcomes for patients receiving laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) vs. laparoscopic Roux–en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) has reported bypass has better weight loss and reduced number of failures, despite significantly longer operative time and life-threatening complications.

ASMBS welcomes Medicare LSG decision

Following the June 27th decision by the CMS to allow local coverage of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG), discussed the decision and its implications, with Dr John Morton, chair of the ASMBS’ Access to Care Committee.

Studies show new bariatric implant is “safe and effective”

A novel bariatric implant and its delivery system have successfully completed both a proof-of-concept study and a pivotal study, indicating that it can feasibly be safely and effectively used in adult patients.

The Prevail Implant System, designed by California-based start-up Vibrynt, is intended to fill the space that the stomach normally expands into, thereby limiting the patient’s food consumption. Both studies were presented at the ASMBS’ 29th Annual Meeting in San Diego.

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