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StomaphyX Benefits Select Patients in Short Term

MazeRevisional bariatric surgery using the StomaphyX device may benefit only a very select group of gastric bypass patients, according to results from a randomized clinical trial.

The StomaphyX device is FDA-approved for fastening stomach tissue using endoscopic (through the mouth) methods. Although it has an acceptable safety record, its effectiveness in reducing weight regain in bariatric surgery patients is still being investigated.

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Study Examines Outcomes After Gastric Band Removal

Woman Weighing on Medical ScalePatients who have had their gastric band removed are guaranteed to suffer from weight regain without an additional bariatric procedure, according to conclusions of a recently released study.

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is one of the most popular weight loss procedures performed worldwide. It involves fitting an adjustable band around the top of the stomach to restrict eating and control hunger.

The gastric band is meant to be a long-term implant, but in some patients the band needs to be removed. Band removal occurs for multiple reasons, including poor results, diet intolerance, or device-related complications.

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Duodenal Switch Weight Loss

Weight Regain – Gastric Bypass vs Duodenal Switch

Duodenal Switch Weight LossWeight regain was significantly higher after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass than biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch in super obese patients, according to conclusions of a study published online March 5, 2012 in the medical journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.

The researchers set up this study to compare the weight loss after two different primary bariatric procedures – Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD-DS) – in patients with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 50.

Although RYGB is considered one of the most effective types of weight loss surgery, some patients, especially those with a BMI of 50 or greater, do not achieve sufficient weight loss and/or are challenged by weight regain.

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Gaining Weight to Qualify for Bariatric Surgery

Gaining Weight to Qualify For Weight Loss Surgery

Qualify Bariatric SurgeryFor some individuals, the path to qualifying for weight loss surgery involves gaining weight. In any sense of rationality, this approach seems counterproductive – why put on the pounds when the ultimate goal is to take off excess weight?

Unless you have been in this situation, it may be difficult to understand what it is like to be severely overweight and failed to achieve long term weight loss. The hope of finding a lasting weight loss solution often leads to actions which probably do not make sense in any other case.

Rather than having patients resort to gaining weight to qualify for weight loss surgery, perhaps it is time to revise the patient eligibility requirements. Such a change is one advocated by many doctors, due to the rising incidence of obesity and the related health problems.

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Late Night Weight Gain

Timing of Meals Critical to Weight Gain

Late Night Eating Weight GainNew research on mice suggests that low levels of light at night might be an environmental risk factor for obesity. In the study, mice living with light at night gained about 50 percent more body mass than mice in the standard light-dark cycle, even though the amount of food and level of physical activity was the same between the two groups.

Researchers concluded that something about the light at night was disrupting the regular eating schedule and affecting food metabolism, leading to excess weight gain.

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