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Diabetic surgery named top medical innovation for 2013

Procedure beats almost 150 other innovations to nomination
"Astounding" ability to control diabetes cited as winning factor

The use of bariatric surgery to control diabetes has been named as the top medical innovation for 2013 at the Cleveland Clinic’s annual Medical Innovation Summit.

In a process that received more than 100 different nominations for medical innovations from over 110 medical experts, bariatric surgery was chosen due to its “astounding” ability to remedy the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.

A panel of doctors and scientists cited the results of the STAMPEDE study, which found that patients who underwent surgery were far more likely to be free of diabetes for at least two years than those on medication and counseling alone, in naming the procedure as the top medical innovation.

“The study results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012, astounded the medical world,” reads the announcement. “A cure for type 2 diabetes? Perhaps.”

The Cleveland Clinic issue an annual list of medical innovations that they predict will have the greatest impact on health care over the next year.

To gather the results, the clinic ask their clinical team what they feel that the greatest medical innovations in their field are. A panel then debate the merits of the different innovations, which include devices, diagnostics, drugs, procedures, and information technology advances.

To receive consideration, a technology had to have “significant clinical impact” and offer significant benefit to the patient in comparison to current practices; have a high probability of commercial success; be in or exiting clinical trials and be available commercially at some point in the next year; and have significant human interest in its application or benefits.

Last year, catheter-based renal denervation to control resistant hypertension was named as the winner.

The rest of the top 10 list is as follows:

  1. Bariatric surgery for the control of diabetes
  2. Neuromodulation Therapy for Cluster and Migraine Headaches
  3. Mass Spectrometry for Bacterial Identification
  4. Novel Medications for Advanced Prostate Cancer
  5. Handheld Optical Scan for Melanoma
  6. Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery
  7. Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion
  8. Modular Device for Treating Complex Aneurysms
  9. Breast Tomosynthesis
  10. Healthcare Programs with Monetary Incentives

More information can be found on the rest of the innovations here.

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