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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 Whatís 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...


June 22, 2012

NEW STUDY POINTS TO POSSIBLE ROLE FOR ROBOTICS IN BARIATRIC SURGERY

Results Show Low Short-Term Complication Rate and Zero Mortality

Robotic-assisted laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery may lead to fewer early complications and deaths, according to a new study...


June 20, 2012

NEW STUDY SHOWS BARIATRIC SURGERY TURNS BACK KIDNEY DISEASE IN SEVERELY OBESE PATIENTS

Severely obese patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) saw significant improvements in kidney function within one year of bariatric surgery, according to a new study...


June 20, 2012

CLEVELAND CLINIC STUDY SHOWS HIGH REMISSION RATES OF DIABETIC KIDNEY DISEASE FIVE YEARS AFTER BARIATRIC SURGERY

In many obese diabetic patients, one of the most dreaded complications of Type 2 diabetes can be put into remission or prevented entirely with bariatric surgery, according to a new study from the Cleveland Clinic....


June 20, 2012

RACE PLAYS FACTOR IN WEIGHT LOSS AFTER GASTRIC BYPASS, BUT NOT IF TYPE 2 DIABETES IS PRESENT, NEW DUKE STUDY REPORTS

African-American women lost about 10 percent less of their excess weight after gastric bypass than their Caucasian counterparts, but if Type 2 diabetes was present, weight loss and the rate of diabetes remission was about the same, according to a new study...


June 20, 2012

NEW STUDY SUGGESTS RACE AND GENDER MAY AFFECT WEIGHT LOSS AFTER BARIATRIC SURGERY

African-Americans and males lost significant weight after gastric bypass surgery, but not as much as their white and female counterparts, according to a new study...


June 20, 2012

SLEEVE GASTRECTOMY IMPROVES CANDIDACY FOR ORGAN TRANSPLANTS IN MORBIDLY OBESE PATIENTS, NEW STUDY SHOWS

Morbidly obese patients with end-stage organ failure may improve their chances for successful organ transplantation after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, according to a new study...


June 20, 2012

NEW STUDIES WEIGH IN ON SAFETY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF NEWER BARIATRIC AND METABOLIC PROCEDURE

Sleeve Gastrectomy Demonstrates Weight Loss and Safety Comparable to More Established Procedures

Studies from Stanford University, Cleveland Clinic Florida and the Naval Medical Center in San Diego show laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, an increasingly popular surgical procedure where the stomach is reduced by 85 percent...


June 20, 2012

NEW STUDY IDENTIFIES PATIENTS MOST LIKELY TO ACHIEVE REMISSION OF TYPE 2 DIABETES AFTER BARIATRIC SURGERY

Some bariatric surgery patients are more likely to achieve complete remission of their Type 2 diabetes than others, according to a new study...


June 20, 2012

NEW STANFORD UNIVERSITY STUDY SHOWS RISK FACTORS FOR HEART ATTACK REMAIN LOW SEVEN YEARS AFTER GASTRIC BYPASS

Total cholesterol, triglycerides and C-reactive protein levels are among 11 risk factors for heart attack that remained greatly reduced up to seven years after gastric bypass surgery, according to a new Stanford University study...


Nov 17, 2011

ASMBS AND ASGE ISSUE WHITE PAPER ON ENDOSCOPIC BARIATRIC
THERAPIES (EBTs)

Societies Explore Role of Endoscopy in Treating Obesity

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) have issued a new white paper on the potential role of endoscopic bariatric therapies...


June 16, 2011

NEW RESEARCH SHOWS GASTRIC BYPASS MAY HAVE NEW ROLE FOR LESS OBESE PATIENTS

Higher Remission Rates of Type 2 Diabetes, Better Relative Weight Loss Reported in Patients with BMIs of Less than 35

SA new study suggests gastric bypass surgery may be beneficial for patients who weigh less than what has been generally recommended for surgery...


June 15, 2011

DEPRESSION BEFORE SURGERY DOES NOT INTERFERE WITH WEIGHT LOSS AFTER SURGERY, NEW STUDY SHOWS

Depression and anxiety do not seem to interfere with the amount of weight loss or the improvement of obesity-related conditions after bariatric surgery....


June 15, 2011

GASTRIC BYPASS ALLEVIATES MIGRAINE HEADACHES, NEW STUDY FINDS

Surgery Leads to Fewer and Less Severe Migraines For Most Morbidly Obese Patients with Migraines

Bariatric surgery can lead to total or partial alleviation of migraines in nearly 90 percent of morbidly obese patients diagnosed with migraine headaches...


June 15, 2011

NEW STUDY IDENTIFIES KEY RISK FACTORS FOR BARIATRIC SURGERY

Researchers Say Knowing Risks Can Further Increase Safety and Influence
Choice of Procedure

University of California at Irvine (UC Irvine) researchers reviewed data from more than 100,000 bariatric surgery patients and discovered the top six risk factors that could help doctors and patients predict, evaluate, reduce or avoid in-hospital mortality...


June 15, 2011

NEW STUDY SHOWS INCIDENCE OF HEART ATTACK, STROKE, DEATH DROP SIGNIFICANTLY AFTER BARIATRIC SURGERY

Bariatric surgery can cut the incidence of heart attack, stroke or death by as much as 50 percent, according to a new study...


June 15, 2011

NEW HOPE FOR WOMEN WITH MORBID OBESITY TRYING TO
GET PREGNANT

New Study Shows Gastric Bypass May Reverse Infertility

Obesity has been linked to infertility and now a new study shows bariatric surgery may treat its most common cause, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)...


June 15, 2011

NATIONAL STUDY FINDS OUTPATIENT BARIATRIC SURGERY MAY LEAD TO HIGHER MORTALITY AND COMPLICATIONS

Releasing Patients Same Day as Surgery, Sooner than National Average Leads to 13-Fold Increase in 30-day Mortality

A new study of nearly 52,000 patients found that people who had gastric bypass surgery and were discharged from the hospital sooner than the national average of a twoday length
of stay...


June 13, 2011

AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR METABOLIC & BARIATRIC SURGERY (ASMBS) HIGHLIGHTS PROGRESS OF SCIENCE IN FIGHT AGAINST OBESITY

New Studies Show Safer Operations and More Health Improvements Beyond Weight Loss

Leading researchers, scientists, medical and surgical professionals from all over the world gather here at the 28th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)...


March 22, 2011

OBESITY GROUPS ENGAGE WITH THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) ON OBESITY TREATMENT

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), the Obesity Society (TOS), the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) are scheduled to meet with the FDA on March 22 to discuss pharmacotherapy for the treatment of the disease of obesity...


June 24, 2010

NEW STUDY FINDS THOSE DENIED INSURANCE FOR BARIATRIC SURGERY DEVELOPED HYPERTENSION, TYPE 2 DIABETES, AND SLEEP APNEA

Weight Stayed the Same Over Three Years, But New Diseases Developed at Rapid Pace LAS

Patients who were denied bariatric surgery for insurance reasons developed a slew of new obesity-related diseases and conditions within three years of follow-up...


June 25, 2010

WHEN BARIATRIC SURGERY IS A FAMILY AFFAIR, PATIENTS DO BETTER

Significantly More Weight Loss and Higher Resolution of Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension For Family Members Who Have Gastric Bypass Together

If you and a family member have gastric bypass together, chances are youíll both do much better than if you have surgery alone...


June 25, 2010

NEW STUDY FINDS WOMEN FACE FEWER COMPLICATIONS AFTER GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY

Gender, Race, Age Before Surgery May Play Role in Patient Outcomes

A study of nearly 38,000 patients found Caucasian, Hispanic and female patients have the fewest complications and the shortest hospital stays after laparoscopic gastric
bypass surgery...


June 24, 2010

NEW STUDY SHOWS BARIATRIC SURGERY RESOLVES SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION IN WOMEN WITH MORBID OBESITY

Researchers from Miriam Hospital and Brown University Medical School Find New Benefit to Weight Loss Surgery

Bariatric surgery not only helps people lose weight, it can resolve or significantly improve female sexual dysfunction (FSD)...


June 22, 2010

NEW FINDINGS ON OBESITY AND WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY PRESENTED AT AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR METABOLIC & BARIATRIC SURGERY (ASMBS)

Leading researchers, scientists, medical and surgical professionals from all over the world gather here at the 27th annual scientific meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery...


June 20, 2010

NEW STUDY SHOWS GASTRIC BYPASS CAN NORMALIZE CHOLESTEROL LEVELS WITHIN SIX MONTHS AND KEEP HIGH CHOLESTEROL AWAY FOR AT LEAST
SIX YEARS

Gastric bypass surgery can help lower cholesterol and improve the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL (good) cholesterol...


June 24, 2009

NEW STUDY SHOWS ABOUT 60% REMAIN DIABETES-FREE 5 TO 16 YEARS AFTER GASTRIC BYPASS

Long-Term Resolution Most Likely in Non-Insulin Dependent And Those That Maintain Most Weight Loss

Nearly 90 percent of morbidly obese patients with Type 2 diabetes experienced diabetes resolution within the first year of gastric bypass surgery and about 60 percent remained diabetes-free five to 16 years later...


June 26, 2009

NEW RISK MANAGEMENT SYSTEM REDUCES BARIATRIC SURGERY COMPLICATION RATE BY 65 %, HOSPITAL READMISSIONS BY 80 %

Knowing Risk Potential Helps Doctors and Patients Reduce Complications and Costs

A new scoring system that rates a bariatric surgery patientís risk of complications on a scale of 1 to 4 can help reduce post-surgical complications by 65 percent and hospital readmission rates by more than 80 percent...


June 25, 2009

NEW STUDY FINDS SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC FACTORS PLAY MAJOR ROLE IN DETERMININGWHO GETS BARIATRIC SURGERY

Medical Condition Similar, But Great Divides Between Race, Gender, Income and Insurance

Less than one-half of one percent (0.4%) of the 22 million people in the U.S. who are medically eligible for bariatric surgery actually get the surgery, and those who do are most likely to be white females with higher incomes and covered by private health insurance...


June 16, 2008

NEW DATA ON TYPE 2 DIABETES, CANCER AND FIRST NATIONAL SURVEY OF OBESITY SURGERY PATIENTS TO BE PRESENTED AT ASMBS SCIENTIFIC MEETING

More than 60 studies and the first national survey of bariatric surgery patients will
be released...


June 18, 2008

CANCER RISK REDUCED BY 80% AFTER BARIATRIC SURGERY

Largest Reductions Seen in Breast Cancer and Colon Cancer

A new study of nearly 6,800 morbidly obese patients shows that those who had bariatric surgery reduced the risk of developing cancer by about 80 percent...


June 18, 2008
SURGERY BEATS CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT IN CONTROLLING TYPE 2 DIABETES IN MORBIDLY OBESE

People with type 2 diabetes and morbid obesity who had laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery were significantly better able to get their blood glucose to normal levels than those who were treated with conventional medical treatment including insulin...


June 18, 2008
20 to 50% EXCESS WEIGHT LOSS TRIGGERS RESOLUTION OR IMPROVEMENT OF OBESITY-RELATED CONDITIONS
New Study Shows Gastric Band Patients Get Results Before All the Excess Weight is Gone

Losing less than half of their excess weight within a year was enough to resolve or dramatically improve type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea...


June 18, 2008
STUDY HIGHLIGHTS ON MORBID OBESITY AND BARIATRIC SURGERY

Presented at the 25th Annual Meeting Of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)...


June 19, 2008
SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN ASTHMA AND OSTEOARTHRITIS AFTER BARIATRIC SURGERY
Most No Longer Require Steroids within 18 Months

Most patients with asthma and osteoarthritis were able to stop taking steroids within 18 months of bariatric surgery...