Erasing Cancer

Cancer Risk in Women after Bariatric Surgery

Erasing CancerThe long-term risk of cancer was reduced in women with severe obesity who got bariatric surgery compared to carefully matched patients who did not get bariatric surgery, according to new research published in the Annals of Surgery.

Obesity is a strong risk factor for many types of cancer. This study examined whether or not bariatric surgery affected the risk of developing cancer.

The results showed that bariatric surgery reduced the risk of cancer in women, particularly in obesity-associated cancers, including postmenopausal breast cancer, endometrial cancer, colon cancer, and pancreatic cancer.


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5-Year Outcomes: Bariatric Surgery vs Medical Therapy for Diabetes

Good Better Best SignThe final results of the STAMPEDE trial, a study evaluating the use of bariatric surgery and intensive medical therapy in patients with type 2 diabetes and a BMI of 27 to 43, showed that treatment with bariatric surgery was more effective with favorable and durable outcomes.

Bariatric surgery led to more and longer lasting weight loss, greater improvements in health, less pain, and most achieved good to acceptable glycemic control.


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Weight Loss Celebration

Greater, Lasting Weight Loss with Bariatric Surgery

Man Celebrating Weight LossA study examining weight change in patients of the Veterans Administration health system provides further evidence of the long-term benefits of bariatric surgery as a treatment for obesity.

Researchers examined 10-year weight loss results of veterans who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass with nonsurgical matches and found that bariatric surgery led to significantly greater weight loss and that most of the weight loss was sustained long-term.

An additional examination of 4-year data compared the weight change differences between patients undergoing RYGB, adjustable gastric banding (AGB), and sleeve gastrectomy (SG).


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Chicken Kebabs

Study Confirms Protein Intake Recommendations

Chicken KebabsWhen it comes to eating after bariatric surgery, weight loss surgery patients are constantly reminded to “eat protein first” and that “protein is the priority.”

Although this recommendation is always at the top of dietary guidelines, there is little research that has examined the association between protein intake and fat free mass loss.

A new study has examined the protein intake goal and confirms that these aren’t merely words, but good and accurate advice for healthy weight loss after bariatric surgery.

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Bariatric Radiology

Radiologists Develop Non-Surgical Weight Loss Treatment

Bariatric RadiologyA new non-surgical weight loss treatment, known as bariatric arterial embolization (BAE), could offer individuals a safe and effective alternative to weight loss surgery.

Researchers presented findings of the pilot clinical trial, Bariatric Embolization of Arteries for the Treatment of Obesity (BEAT Obesity), at the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology.

According to study results, the treatment proved safe, with no major adverse events, and led to sustained weight loss and a dramatic reduction in hunger levels.


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Weight Loss Satisfaction

Long-Term Safety and Weight Loss After BPD and Duodenal Switch

Weight Loss SatisfactionNew research supports the long-term safety and efficacy of biliopancreatic diversion (BPD) with or without duodenal switch (BPD/DS).

These two weight loss surgery variations are highly complex and drastic procedures that involve bypassing a large portion of the small intestine to limit food absorption. They are generally appropriate options only for patients with a very high body mass index (BMI of 50 or greater).

The study found that overall patients experienced high levels of excess weight loss and while nutritional deficiencies and postoperative complications were high, patients were satisfied with their choice of surgery.


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Apollo Overstitch

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty – A New Weight Loss Option

A new treatment method known as endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is showing promise as a minimally invasive, safe and cost-effective weight loss intervention for patients with obesity.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota have been investigating this weight loss option and have recently published the results of a second study.

The first study demonstrated the technical feasibility and safety of the procedure; this second study investigated durability, weight loss, and gastrointestinal function.


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VBLOC Therapy by EnteroMedics

ASMBS Issues Position Statement on VBLOC for Obesity

VBLOC Therapy by EnteroMedics The American Society For Metabolic And Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) recently issued a Position Statement on Vagal Blocking Therapy for Obesity.

VBLOC, or Vagal Blocking Therapy, is a new therapy for weight loss that uses an implantable, pacemaker-like device to intermittently disrupt the vagus nerve signaling between the brain and the stomach, affecting perceptions of hunger and fullness.

The VBLOC device, the Maestro Rechargeable System, was developed by EnteroMedics of St. Paul, Minnesota. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2015.


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Lap Band System

LAP-BAND Works in Lower BMI Patients

LAP-BAND SystemA 5-year study on the use of the LAP-BAND System in lower BMI (body mass index) patients reported positive health and weight loss outcomes.

Weight loss surgery has traditionally been limited to patients with a BMI of at least 40, or at least 35 with a severe related health condition such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease.

In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the request to lower the BMI requirements for the LAP-BAND to include patients with a BMI of 30 to 34 with an existing obesity related health condition.


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Weight Loss Plan

(Another) Study Debunks Benefits of Insurance Mandated Weight Loss Programs

Weight Loss Programs Insurance mandated weight management programs as a prerequisite for approval for bariatric surgery did not prove to benefit weight loss outcomes in patients, according to a study published online last month in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.

Patient participation in a medical weight management program prior to bariatric surgery is required by many insurance companies before approval is granted for coverage.

The supposed benefit of this prerequisite is that it improves post-op outcomes and compliance, however there is much debate about whether or not this belief is supported by evidence.

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