bariatric surgery

Two recently published studies have found that gastric bypass surgery is helpful for severely obese teenagers in weight loss and keeping it off. These are the first long-term follow-up studies of teenagers who had had the procedure 5-12 years earlier. On the downside, the studies also found that some patients will likely need further surgery… Read more

Type 2 diabetes is caused by fat accumulating in the pancreas, a team from Newcastle University, UK, has shown. The researchers found that losing less than one gram of that fat through weight loss reverses the diabetes. Affecting two and a half million people in the UK, and on the increase, Type 2 diabetes is… Read more

A new study of weight loss surgery in England has found that use of of laparoscopic bariatric or other types of weight loss surgery has increased ten-fold in NHS hospitals since 2000. One possible reason behind the rise, say the researchers, is the greater demand from obese patients as they become more conscious of the surgery as a feasible treatment alternative. The observational population cohort study was carried out by a team of researchers based at Imperial College London. It was published 26 August 2010 in the British Medical Journal.

A new implantable medical device, developed by Mayo Clinic researchers, shows promise as a less invasive alternative to existing bariatric surgery, according to findings published in the July 2008 issue of the journal Surgery.

A six-month trial in Australia, Mexico and Norway, looked at 31 obese participants who received the vagal nerve blocking device, also called VBLOC vagal blocking therapy. The patients lost an average of nearly 15 percent of their excess weight. A quarter of the participants lost more than 25 percent, and three patients lost more than 30 percent.

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Risks of Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric weight loss surgery is often a good option for those wanting to lose a considerable amount of weight. Many people who have this type of surgery have tried numerous times to use diet, exercise and medications to lose the weight and have failed. Weight loss surgery is a life changing procedure and often results in a considerable amount of weight loss. While there are many benefits of this surgery, there are risks involved, as well.

Before a doctor recommends any patient to have weight loss surgery, he or she will carefully consider each patient and their case. Sometimes, even though a person is very overweight, he or she might not be an ideal candidate for the surgery. This is usually because that person has other health issues or illnesses that will become worse after this surgery. It is also so that they have a less chance of developing serious side effects and complications.

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