‘Returning to surgery’ – the views of bariatric and metabolic experts

As bariatric and metabolic surgery restarts across the world, Bariatric News spoke to Ahmed Bashir about how the bariatric community can safely resume surgery... 

1. When you consider all the recommendations and best practices around the globe, what do you think is the first priority for your respective country to focus in terms of managing obese patients during & after COVID-19?

‘Returning to surgery’ – the views of bariatric and metabolic experts

As bariatric and metabolic surgery restarts across the world, Bariatric News spoke to Michel Gagner about how the bariatric community can safely resume surgery... 

1. There has been much debate surrounding the use of radiofrequency energy/ electrothermal bipolar devices versus ultrasonic coagulating devices, with regards to the possible risk of infection through aerosolization. What are your thoughts on device use and aerosolization?

‘Returning to surgery’ – the views of bariatric and metabolic experts

As bariatric and metabolic surgery restarts across the world, Bariatric News spoke to current IFSO-EC President, Gerhard Prager about how the bariatric community can safely resume surgery... 

1. Two of many key recommendations from a recent IFSO publication that you co-authored, 'How are We Going to Restart Elective Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery after the Peak of Covid-19Pandemic?’ concerned pre- and post-operative care consultations.

‘Returning to surgery’ – the views of bariatric and metabolic experts

As bariatric and metabolic surgery restarts across the world, Bariatric News spoke to past IFSO President, Kelvin Higa about how the bariatric community can safely resume surgery... 

1. What have been the most important changes you have developed at your centre to the ‘bariatric patient pathway’ to ensure the safety of both the patient and bariatric and metabolic specialists?

‘Returning to surgery’ – the views of bariatric and metabolic experts

As bariatric and metabolic surgery restarts across the world, Bariatric News spoke to current IFSO President, Lilian Kow about how the bariatric community can safely resume surgery... 

1. As the current president of IFSO, what steps has the Federation taken to help promote the safe return to surgery for patients and bariatric specialists?

‘Returning to surgery’ survey: differing views on prioritising patients

The outcomes of an online survey conducted by Bariatric News has revealed that there is little consensus among bariatric and metabolic specialists around prioritising specific groups (non-diabetics, BMI, age) when bariatric surgery is resumed during the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, there was a high degree of consensus concerning testing, personnel protective equipment, who should perform surgery and utilising post-operative tele-conferencing.

Men who were overweight or had obesity as adolescents faced increased VTE risk as adults

Men who were overweight or had obesity as adolescents have a substantial risk increase for developing venous thromboembolism (VTE) later in life compared with those who were not overweight or had obesity when they were adolescents, according to research headed by Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

Allurion launches Elipse gastric balloon weight loss programme in Asia

Allurion Technologies has announced the company’s entry into Asia with the launch of the Elipse Program in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. Building upon its success in Europe, Middle East, and Latin America, the company’s entry into Asia could impact the lives of over one billion people who are overweight or have obesity in a region that historically has had limited access to non-invasive weight loss treatments.

Post-ERAS internet-connected surveillance detects complications

Internet-connected surveillance as part of a bariatric surgery enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programme was safe and effective in detecting 100% of early complications and most patients were satisfied with their care, according to researchers from France. The findings were reported in the paper, ‘Connected Surveillance for Detection of Complications After Early Discharge from Bariatric Surgery’, was published in Obesity Surgery.