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Return of the LAP-BAND

Approved by the FDA in 2001, the LAP-BAND® System has been hailed by some as the device that brought bariatric surgery to the masses and by others as an example of market abandonment. Over the last 18 years, the device has had a roller coaster ride from boasting sales in excess of US$280 million to being much maligned and sold three times. Now, the device has landed back into the lap of the very person who first led commercialization of the device nearly two decades ago, Mr Bart Bandy, President and Chief Executive Officer of ReShape Lifesciences™.


At the recent XXIV IFSO World Congress in Madrid, Spain, Professors Jean-Marc Chevallier (Bariatric Surgeon at Hospital European Georges Pompidou, Paris, France) and Jan Willem Greve (Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeon, Zuyderland MC, Heerlen, and Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, the Netherlands) addressed some of the incorrect myths surrounding the LAP-BAND® System.

Coffee Time interview.

We talk to Dr Kelvin Higa (Director of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, Fresno, CA), past-president of the ASMBS, and current president of IFSO, about his career in medicine, the influence of his father and his views on the future of bariatric and metabolic surgery.

Book Release

In August, a new book dedicated to Obesity and its surgical management will be published: ‘Obesity, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery - A Practical Guide’. Published by Springer and edited by Dr Sanjay Agrawal, Consultant Bariatric, Laparoscopic & upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Surgeon, Homerton University Hospital, London and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary, University of London, the book will offer a comprehensive yet concise summary in the field of Obesity, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, making it an ideal guide for all.

Surgery in the Gulf Region

The Gulf Obesity Surgical Society (GOSS) will hold its second annual meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 11-13 December 2014, organized by the Emirates Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Interest Group (EOMSIG). Bariatric News talks to Drs Fawaz Torab (GOSS General Secretary) and Mohamed Al Jarallah (GOSS President), about the aims of the society…


Bariatric News was delighted to speak with Professor Michel Gagner, Congress President of the XIX IFSO World Congress and one of the pioneers of laparoscopic bariatric surgery in North America. We discussed his career and the challenges facing bariatric surgery…

Exclusive interview

The IFSO 2014 Congress will be taking place at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Québec, Canada from August 26-30, 2014. Bariatric News looks forward to the meeting with Professor Michel Gagner, Congress President of the XIX IFSO World Congress, who discusses the highlights of this year’s scientific programme from cutting-edge research and world-class plenary sessions to a record number of live surgery cases...

Case study

In a case study from Russia, investigators report on their first experience of laparoscopic adjustable banded sleeve gastrectomy with one year follow-up to treat a super-super obese patient.

Meeting announcement

The Frankfurter Meeting takes place every second year and since 1999 has become one of the most famous international meetings in the field of bariatric surgery. Organized by the president elect of IFSO, Prof Rudolf Weiner, and his daughter and surgeon Sylvia Weiner, MD, the meeting will again take place in a historic atmosphere in the very city centre of Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Banded bypass

A recent paper, ‘Banded Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass for the Treatment of Morbid Obesity’, published in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD), concluded that the banded bypass procedure is safe and may provide better weight loss in super-obese patients. Bariatric News talked to one of the study’s authors, Dr Philip Schauer (Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH), about the study and benefits of the procedure…