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Bariatricnews.net: Top 10 most read articles in September 2016

Just in case you missed any news in September2016, these were the 10 most read articles on bariatricnews.net including the latest research, product & industry news, policy news and more...

ASMBS launches Essentials app for bariatric surgery
After two years of collaboration, the Essentials of Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery Taskforce of the ASMBS has launched the Essentials app. It includes everything any and every health provider needs to know when caring for patients from the beginning stages of considering weight loss surgery to the recovery process. It also serves as a review for the bariatric surgeon and certified bariatric nurse. The app is an educational programme for all professions caring for the bariatric surgery patient before, during, and after surgery; including general surgeons, anaesthesiologists, nurses, emergency physicians and primary care physicians...(more)

Weight loss after bariatric surgery sustained long-term
Obese patients who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) lost much more weight than those who did not and were able to sustain most of this weight loss ten years after surgery, according to a study published by JAMA Surgery. Although previous research has demonstrated that bariatric surgery is the most effective intervention for inducing weight loss among obese patients, much of this evidence is based on relatively short one- to three-year follow-up from randomised clinical trials...(more)

Delivering consistent outcomes in sleeve gastrectomy
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is a safe and effective procedure even in high risk patients - and surgeons have excellent tools now to help perform the surgery safely and consistently. However, the procedure should not be considered an easy operation to perform, according to Mr Ahmed R Ahmed, Consultant Surgeon, St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College NHS Trust, UK...(more)

FDA approves Obalon Balloon System
The FDA has approved Obalon Therapeutics’ Obalon Balloon System, a non-surgical, fully-reversible device for weight loss. The Obalon Balloon System is a swallowable intragastric balloon system indicated for temporary use to facilitate weight loss in adults with obesity (BMI30-40) who have failed to lose weight through diet and exercise. The System is intended to be used as an adjunct to a moderate intensity diet and behaviour modification programme...(more)

Revisional surgery: why surgery fails
The rise of bariatric surgery has led to an increasing number of re-interventions for failed bariatric procedures and approximately 10-25% of patients undergoing bariatric surgery will require revisional surgery (Gagner M, Gentileschi P, de Csepel J, et al. Laparoscopic reoperative bariatric surgery: experience from 27 consecutive patients. Obes Surg 2002; 12:254-260), but the reasons for revisional surgery and types of interventions are varied in nature and remain to be defined, according to a presentation by Professor Natan Zundel, Vice-Chairman Department of Surgery, Florida International University, FL...(more)

Report: 1st Annual Conference of the MGB-OAGB Club
The Mini-Gastric Bypass – One Anastomosis Gastric Bypass Club was formed in August 2015 at the IFSO Vienna Congress. The First Annual MGB-OAGB Scientific Conference, held at London Gatwick-Sofritel Auguust 19–20 2016, was attended by 135 expert MGB-OAGB surgeons (many who had performed >1,000 of these operations) from 31 countries...(more)

Complications leading to removal unwarranted in bands
Complications arising from laparoscopic bands, such as slippage and erosion, have resulted in the unnecessary removal and bands despite good weight loss, according to a presentation ‘Save the band: Erosion and slippage have always to lead to an immediate band removal?’, by Professor Rudolf A Weiner from the Clinic for Obesity & Metabolic Surgery, Offenbach am Main, in Germany...(more)

Adhering to post-op dietary, exercise and smoking guidance
Bariatric surgery patients are more likely to improve their eating habits and adhere to dietary guidelines following surgery however, they are less likely to increase their physical activity and stop smoking according to researcher published online at Springer Open. The study authors state that patients should be encouraged to work with their multidisciplinary team (physician, registered dietitian, mental health care professional and exercise physiologist) before and after surgery to maximise their outcomes...(more)

Anaesthetic issues in bariatric surgery
Dr Jonathan Cousins, Consultant Anaesthetist, St Marys’ Hospital, London, UK, addressed some of the anaesthetic issues in bariatric surgery, when treating patients with a high BMI with a specific emphasis on maintaining patient safety and reducing morbidity. He said that the best outcomes are the result of optimal pre-, peri- and post-operative planning...(more)

Gastric bypass linked with low birth weight babies
Women who undergo gastric bypass surgery for weight loss risk giving birth to babies that are small or have lower average birth weights, according to a presentation at the 55th Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting, in Paris, France. The findings could lead to different advice and clinical care for pregnant women who have undergone gastric bypass surgery...(more)