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BEAT Obesity: Bariatric arterial embolization is safe and effective

Findings from the early phase of a clinical trial led by Johns Hopkins investigators indicates that a new, minimally invasive weight loss treatment known as bariatric arterial embolization is safe and effective in sustaining weight loss in severely obese people. The data, although preliminary, show the procedure seems to initiate weight loss, dramatic hunger reduction and lower levels of ghrelin, one of the main hormones involved in controlling hunger. The results were presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Safety and efficacy of a side-to-side duodeno-ileal anastomosis

A study assessing the safety and efficacy of performing a side-to-side duodeno-ileal anastomosis in a porcine model has concluded that a side-to-side duodeno-ileal anastomosis provides excellent weight loss without apparent nutritional or grossly aberrant histological changes.

SAGES: No difference lap vs robotic bariatric surgery

A review of the DaVinci Surgical System (Intuitive Surgical) by the SAGES daVinci Safety and Effectiveness Subcommittee has found that a robotic approach to bariatric surgery can facilitate hand-sewn gastro-jejunal (GJ) creation that offers several advantages to the bariatric surgeon compared to laparoscopy and, since the standard is a stapled anastomosis there appears to be “no difference in either safety or outcomes between laparoscopic and robotic approaches.” The review, ‘

Safety of liposuction dependent on patient’s BMI

The safe amount of fat to remove in patients undergoing liposuction depends on the patient's body mass index (BMI), according to a report, ‘Is There a Safe Lipoaspirate Volume? A Risk Assessment Model of Liposuction Volume as a Function of Body Mass Index’,in the issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Review finds MGB is safe and effective

Laparoscopic mini gastric bypass (LMGB) is at least not inferior to laparoscopic gastric bypass (LRYGB), laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) in terms of weight loss and type 2 diabetes (T2DM) remission and has few complications. These are the conclusions from a met-analysis by researchers from Fudan University Pudong Medical Center, Shanghai, China, who state that future clinical trials are still needed to demonstrate its utility and establish the guidelines for LMGB.

Studies to examine bariatric surgery and childhood obesity

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has approved US$9 million to fund two research studies focused on the treatment and prevention of obesity in children and adults. The first study, the PCORnet bariatric study, will compare the health benefits and safety associated with gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy to provide patients and their healthcare providers the information they need to choose which is best for them.

Endoscopic bariatric therapies can be effective

A meta-analysis from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has concluded that endoscopic bariatric therapies (EBTs) can be effective options and are most beneficial when used as part of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment programme.

Bariatric surgeon is new medical director at UK agency

Prominent bariatric surgeon Michael Rhodes has been appointed as the new medical director of devices for the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the government agency responsible for overseeing the efficacy and safety of medicines and devices in the UK.

Rhodes was the president of the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland from 2009, and he has sat on the National Institute of Clinical Excellence’s Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee for the last four years.

IFSO report: LAGB - results and pitfalls

Avoiding potential complications from laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), was one of the key issues under discussion at the XVII World Congress of IFSO, New Delhi, India.

Presenting 12-years results from his centre's early experience with LAGB, Jacques Himpens (Belgium) said that the results were disappointing but the high complication rates were largely due to technical and device related issues.

Surgery quality varies widely in US

Bariatric surgery is quicker, safer and cheaper in higher-quality hospitals, but US care provision varies widely, according to a new report.

The report, “Choosing Bariatric Surgery to Improve Overall Health”, examined the outcomes of 201,821 bariatric operations between 2008 and 2010, and found that while bariatric surgery was generally safe, there was a large amount of variation between levels of service offered by hospitals around the country.

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