Posts Tagged ‘bariatric surgery’

Bariatric Surgery to Cut the Risk of a Heart Attack

November 17, 2022 — Can bariatric surgery cut the risk of a heart attack in half? The answer, of course, depends upon the population of patients and their risk profile. And we must remember that risk is a tricky thing to measure. But a recent study in JAMA Network Open found half the risk of a wide range of […]

Bariatric Surgery in Youth: Start of a Great Shift

November 15, 2022 — It is indeed happening. A great shift has begun in pediatric obesity care and a new study in Pediatrics measures the beginning of it with an increase in bariatric surgery for youth. Between 2010 and 2017, the rate of bariatric surgeries for pediatric patients doubled, according to this study. But let’s be clear. This is […]

New Obesity Surgery Guidelines: 5 Things New

October 24, 2022 — On Friday, ASMBS and IFSO announced new clinical guidelines for obesity surgery – the first update to guidelines in more than 30 years. Way back in 1991, NIH published a consensus statement that established bariatric surgery as a safe and effective option for treating severe obesity. Needless to say, we’ve learned a lot about metabolic […]

A Brighter View for Obesity Surgery in Teens

September 23, 2022 — Two recent studies make it clear that a brighter view is emerging for obesity surgery in teens. First, in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz and colleagues document good outcomes from bariatric surgery for adolescents over more than a decade. Second, Fereshteh Salimi-Jazi and colleagues provide a 15-year analysis […]

Obesity and the Elusive Goal of Diabetes Remission

June 20, 2022 — Seeking remission from type 2 diabetes is an elusive goal for people who are facing this diagnosis. The very human wish is to banish this disease forever, but that’s not what remission really is. In fact, remission means a respite from an illness – not the promise of a cure. Physician Anne Peters describes the […]

Bariatric Surgery: Half the Risk of Cancer Death

June 4, 2022 — “The best possible evidence on the value of intentional weight loss to reduce cancer risk and mortality.” This is how the Cleveland Clinic’s Steven Nissen describes the release of a new study in JAMA yesterday. These observations come from a matched cohort study of 30,318 persons by Ali Aminian and colleagues. They found a 48 […]

When Does Obesity Care Bring a Longer Life?

May 9, 2022 — This is a big unresolved question for clinical researchers in obesity. When does obesity care bring a longer life? On one hand, it’s pretty clear that people live longer if they have bariatric surgery. But on the other hand, there’s the null result from the Look AHEAD study. It was a big, expensive study of […]

Need Knee Replacement? Bariatric Surgery Might Help

April 20, 2022 — Every year in the U.S., surgeons perform about 800,000 knee replacements. By comparison, fewer than half as many – less than 300,000 – bariatric surgeries occur each year. Especially in younger patients needing knee replacement, obesity is quite common. In one study, 72 percent of knee replacement patients under 60 had obesity. So it’s quite […]

The Daunting Barriers to Bariatric Surgery for Teens

April 18, 2022 — New data keeps documenting the safety, health, and quality of life benefits from bariatric surgery for teens who need it. But only a tiny number of the 4.5 million young people with severe obesity receive this procedure. So what are the daunting barriers that stand in the way? A new qualitative study in SOARD offers […]

Bariatric Surgery to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk?

February 24, 2022 — “Bariatric surgery may be a powerful tool in breast cancer prevention and treatment,” write Trevor Crafts and colleagues in a new review paper for Obesity. But there’s just one problem. All of the research that points to this possible value is observational. So we need a prospective clinical trial of bariatric surgery to reduce the […]