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Nov 15, 2013

NEW STUDY SHOWS BARIATRIC SURGERY MAY TURN BACK THE EFFECTS
OF AGING

Positive Changes Seen in Biomarkers Associated with Aging within 12 Months
Stanford University researchers say surgical weight loss may turn back the effects of aging at a genetic level, in the first study of its kind presented...


Nov 14, 2013

NEW STUDY SHOWS PRIVATELY INSURED BARIATRIC SURGERY PATIENTS LOSE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE WEIGHT THAN THOSE WITH GOVERNMENT-
SUBSIDIZED INSURANCE

Greater Weight Loss Despite Longer Insurance-Mandated Medically Supervised Diet Program Before Surgery

Researchers found the biggest determinant of weight loss after bariatric surgery was not how long a patient was on a medically supervised diet program...


Nov 14, 2013
WHEN DOCTOR SAYS YES, BUT INSURER SAYS NO LEADS TO HIGHER
DEATH RATE

New Study Finds Mortality Rate Tripled Among Patients Delayed or Denied Insurance Approval for Bariatric Surgery

University of North Carolina (UNC) researchers found patients who were denied or delayed insurance approval for bariatric surgery, despite being cleared...


Nov 14, 2013
BARIATRIC SURGERY HOSPITAL READMISSION AND INFECTION RATES DROP DRAMATICALLY AFTER IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW PROTOCOLS
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and American College of Surgeons To Implement New Quality Improvement Program

The bariatric program at Stanford University saw hospital readmission rates drop by 75 percent and surgical-site infections decline by 60 percent after...


Nov 13, 2013
NEW CLEVELAND CLINIC STUDY SHOWS RISK OF HEART ATTACK, STRONK AMONG DIABETES PATIENTS SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER AFTER GASTRIC BYPASS
10-Year Risk of Heart Attack Cut by 40%, Stroke by 42%

New research from the Cleveland Clinic shows most patients with diabetes and obesity who undergo gastric bypass not only experience remission of their...


Nov 13, 2013
NEW STUDY FINDS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER RISK OF MORTALITY AT NON-ACCREDITED CENTERS PERFORMING BARIATRIC SURGERY

Bariatric surgery is significantly safer when performed at an accredited center, according to new research* presented here at the 30th Annual Meeting for...


Nov 13, 2013
SWEDISH OBESE SUBJECTS (SOS) STUDY FINDINGS ON 15-YEAR DIABETES REMISSION AND RELAPSE RATES AFTER BARIATRIC SURGERY

Overview Nearly 72 percent of patients with obesity and diabetes achieved diabetes remission at two years, compared with 16.4 percent of non-surgical patients After 15 years, the number of...


Sep 24, 2013
MAJOR SURGICAL GROUPS DISAPPOINTED IN MEDICARE DECISION TO DROP FACILITY ACCREDITATION REQUIREMENT FOR BARIATRIC SURGERY
Groups Say Decision May Lead to Higher Risk of Mortality for Medicare Bariatric
Surgical Patients

Despite strong opposition from leading surgical and medical groups, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has ruled it will no longer...


July 22, 2013
NEW STUDY FINDS MORTALITY RATES SIGNIFICANTLY LESS AT ACCREDITED BARIATRIC CENTERS
Study Comes as Medicare Considers Discontinuation of Bariatric Surgery Facility Certification

A new study found non-accredited bariatric centers had an in-hospital mortality rate that was more than three times higher than accredited centers...


June 19, 2013
NEW RECOGNITION OF OBESITY AS A DISEASE BY A.M.A. MAY BE TIPPING POINT FOR BOTH PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Issues Statement On Implications for Patients, Health Care Professionals, Government and Insurers

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) believes the decision by the American Medical Association (A.M.A.) the nation's...


June 19, 2013
OBESITY IS A DISEASE: LEADING OBESITY GROUPS AGREE

The undersigned groups applaud the American Medical Association's (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) for adopting policy today to recognize obesity as...


May 15, 2013
OBESITY IS AMERICAN ISSUE, NOT POLITICAL ONE
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Comments on News NY Congressman Tom Reed had Gastric Bypass Surgery

On the heels of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie 's revelation that he had weight loss surgery, a U.S. Congressman from New York announced that he too had...


May 10, 2013
NJ GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE SPARKS NATIONAL CONVERSATION
ON OBESITY

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Comments on What’s Missing from the Conversation

The revelation earlier this week that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had weight loss surgery made headlines throughout the world. Much was made of...


April 5, 2013
NEW EVIDENCE PROMPTS UPDATE TO METABOLIC AND BARIATRIC SURGERY CLINICAL GUIDELINES

Significant new scientific evidence published over the last four years has prompted three major medical societies to change its guidance on who should...


Feb 25, 2013
LEADING OBESITY GROUPS RESPOND TO THE ECONOMICS OF
BARIATRIC SURGERY

Groups Respond to Latest Research Published in the Journal of the American
Medical Association

STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO: Bruce Wolfe, MD, The Obesity Society Advocacy Committee Member Professor of Surgery and Co-Director of Bariatric Surgery, Oregon Health and Science University Speaking...