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Bariatric Surgery Analysis Examines Effectiveness and Risks

January 9, 2014
Patient Records

A comprehensive investigation into the outcomes of bariatric surgery shows that the majority of bariatric patients experience substantial and lasting weight loss and improvements in obesity-related comorbidities. The review also confirms the relative safety of the current bariatric procedures based on a reasonable risk of complications, a low reoperation rate, and a very low mortality […]

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Weight Loss Expectations vs Risk in Bariatric Surgery Patients

April 16, 2013
Bariatric Surgery Risk vs Reward

Bariatric surgery has been shown to greatly improve health and lead to significant weight loss, but all too often patient expectations are not consistent with clinical reality. A new study published online in March in JAMA Surgery examines this matter and provides additional insight into the unrealistic expectations of patients considering weight loss surgery. Researchers […]

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5 Points on Safety and Risks of Lap Band Surgery

December 27, 2011
FDA Lap-Band Warning

On December 13, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it had issued warning letters to eight California surgical centers and the marketing firm 1-800-GET-THIN LLC, for misleading advertising of the Lap-Band, a medical device approved by the FDA for weight loss in obese adults. According to the FDA, the Lap-Band ads used […]

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Bariatric Surgery Safety and Outcomes in Extremely Obese Patients

October 19, 2011
Extreme Obesity

A recently published study highlights the safety and feasibility of laparoscopic bariatric surgery on extremely obese patients as well as the outcomes of different surgical approaches. Although it would seem that the most likely candidates for bariatric surgery are those with the most weight to lose, they often do not qualify for bariatric surgery. Surgery […]

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More Weight Loss, More Risk: Duodenal Switch vs Gastric Bypass

September 15, 2011
Duodenal Switch Study

Duodenal switch surgery leads to greater weight loss than gastric bypass, but also involves a greater risk of complications that may offset any potential benefits, according to a new study reported in a recent issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Each year, in the United States, about 220,000 people undergo bariatric surgery. Gastric bypass […]

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Top Six Risk Factors for Bariatric Surgery

August 30, 2011
Bariatric Surgery Risk Factors

A new study from the University of California at Irvine evaluated data from more than 100,000 bariatric surgery patients and identified the top six risk factors for bariatric surgery. While researchers agree that bariatric surgery is safer than ever, they also realize that individual risk varies. The study showed that a patient with one or […]

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Fracture Risk After Bariatric Surgery

June 6, 2011
Fracture Risk After Bariatric Surgery

The risk of breaking bones after bariatric surgery may be even higher than previously thought, according to findings presented by Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. The study found that bariatric surgery patients compared to the general population had a 2.3-fold increased risk of a fracture at nearly all skeletal sites. Initial results […]

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Gastric Bypass Surgery Intensifies Effects of Alcohol

March 16, 2011
Drinking Alcohol After Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass patients are engaging in risky behavior if they choose to drink alcohol after their operation, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Stanford University. By comparing the preoperative and postoperative alcohol metabolism in gastric bypass patients, researchers found that patients exhibited a much higher breath alcohol content and required significantly more […]

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Study Finds Bariatric Surgery Disparities Among US Hospitals

June 8, 2010
HealthGrades Rates Bariatric Surgery Hospitals

The number of bariatric surgeries performed every year continues to rise, as more and more Americans decide they are willing to undergo drastic measures to control obesity and improve health. Based on the popularity of bariatric surgery, it is apparent that many individuals are willing to accept the potential risks in order to gain the […]

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Study Reveals Complications and Benefits of Revisional Bariatric Surgery

March 15, 2010
Revisional Bariatric Surgery

Revisional bariatric surgery is risky but potentially beneficial for most patients, according to a recent study published in the February issue of JAMA’s Archives of Surgery. Researchers found that although complications are likely to occur, most patients ended up with overall positive outcomes after revisional bariatric surgery. The purpose of the study was to evaluate […]

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