Polypropylene Mesh for Gastric Band Port

Gastric Band Port Flip Reduced with Synthetic Mesh

Polypropylene Mesh Gastric Band PortA study published online in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases highlights one surgeon’s experience in using mesh fixation of the gastric band port to reduce port flip complications in patients following laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding.

Port flip, one of the more common complications associated with laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, happens in about 2% of lap band patients. In this study, only 2 patients out of 564 required a reoperation to reposition the port, representing a 0.3% port flip rate.

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Sleep Apnea Syndrome

Avoiding Perils of Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea in Bariatric Surgical Patients

Sleep ApneaA study published online in the July 26, 2011 issue of Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases found that a significant amount of morbidly obese patients who were evaluated for weight loss surgery were previously unaware that they suffered from sleep apnea syndrome (SAS).

Sleep apnea syndrome is a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing. It is not uncommon for an individual with sleep apnea to be unaware that they have breathing difficulties while asleep, even upon awakening.

Generally, the incidence of sleep apnea appears to be quite underestimated in potential bariatric surgical patients, yet if these patients remain undiagnosed when they undergo bariatric surgery, it can result in devastating consequences to health and life.

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Copper Deficiency

Gastric Bypass Can Lead to Serious and Irreversible Health Problems

Copper Deficiency After Gastric Bypass SurgeryGastric bypass surgery is one of the most popular and well-known types of weight loss surgery. The procedure can cause rapid and dramatic weight loss, but it can also lead to serious and irreversible health problems brought on by severe nutritional deficiencies.

According to Nana Gletsu Miller, Ph.D. an assistant professor at the School of Public Health at Emory University, “Typically what happens is people get really excited about the weight loss, and feel healthier to the point where they feel that they don’t need to go in for their routine checkups. Less than 20 percent get routinely checked after surgery, and this is what leads to complications.”

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Bariatric Surgery Safety

Volume Trumps Center of Excellence Designation For Bariatric Surgery Safety

Bariatric Surgery SafetyThe results from a study led by the University of Michigan Health System revealed some shocking information about the safety of bariatric surgery and the quality of hospitals that perform the weight loss procedures.

The good news was the overall low rate of serious complications and general safety of bariatric surgery. What was surprising, however, was the finding that hospitals designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence did not determine greater safety for bariatric surgery.

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