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Just in case you missed any news in August 2016, these were the 10 most read articles on including the latest research, product & industry news, policy news and more...

Ten year outcomes shows durability of RYGB

Roux-en-y gastric bypass is a durable operation for long-term weight loss and treatment of obesity-related comorbid disease, according to researchers from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. The study, which included 1,087 patients who underwent RYGB procedures over a 20-year study period (1985–2004), reported that excess body mass index significantly improved over time and a significant decrease in obesity-related comorbid disease persisted at ten years of follow-up after RYGB...(more)

LSG allows early changes in the fasting levels

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) has subtle differences from other malabsorptive bariatric operations, demonstrated by the significant early changes in the fasting levels of factors thought to be important regulators of obesity and metabolic health, according to researchers from the University of Notre Dame, Vincent’s Centre for Applied Medical Research and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research...(more)

Additional surgery for severe post-op hypoglycaemia

Reconstruction of gastrojejunal continuity may be the safest and most successful procedure for patients who present with post-operative hypoglycaemia following bariatric surgery and do not respond to pharmacological treatment, according to a study published in the journal Obesity Facts. According to the Swedish Nationwide cohort study, 0.2% of patients undergoing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) suffer from this complication...(more)

Pre-operative factors and weight loss post-RYGB

A study of patients who underwent gastric bypass surgery found that those who used insulin prior to surgery, had a history of smoking, or took 12 or more medications maintained the greatest weight loss seven to 12 years after the surgery. In the paper, ‘Evaluation of the Association Between Preoperative Clinical Factors and Long-term Weight Loss After Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass’, by Dr Michelle R Lent, a Geisinger Obesity Institute researcher, and colleagues, evaluated the association between preoperative clinical factors and long-term weight loss after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB)...(more)

Bariatric surgery changes patients' perception of food

Not only does bariatric surgery help people lose weight may work by reducing the amount they eat, it can also change what they want to eat improving glycaemic control after surgery, according to research in Diabetes Care, the journal of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). In the study, ‘Neuronal Food Reward Activity in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes With Improved Glycemic Control After Bariatric Surgery’, the researchers, led by Sabine Frank of the University of Tubingen in Germany, sought to identify how the neuronal and behavioural reward centres in the brain, correlates with improved glycaemic control after bariatric surgery...(more)

Ethicon launches new Stratafix Spiral Plus Devices

Ethicon has launched the Stratafix Spiral PDS Plus and Stratafix Spiral Monocryl Plus Knotless Tissue Control Devices to its range of Stratafix Knotless Tissue Control Devices, the most comprehensive and unmatched knotless suture offering available to surgeons in the US, according to the company...(more)

Bariatric surgery can increase risk of preterm birth

Babies of women who have undergone bariatric surgery for obesity run a higher risk of preterm birth, according to an update from a study from the Karolinska Institutet and published in the New England Journal of Medicine...(more)

Brains of overweight people ten years older vs lean people

From middle-age, the brains of obese individuals display differences in white matter - the tissue that connects areas of the brain and allows for information to be communicated between regions - similar to those in lean individuals ten years their senior, according to research led by the University of Cambridge. Researchers believe that obesity may also affect the onset and progression of brain ageing; however, direct studies to support this link are lacking...(more)

How do bariatric patients relearn their taste preferences?

Researchers at John Hopkins have announced that they are examining how bariatric surgery causes obese individuals to relearn their taste preferences and their desire to consume high-calorie foods, and how this relearning leads to reduced calorie intake and weight loss. The interdisciplinary team by Dr Susan Carnell, Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences School of Medicine, will combine behavioural measures with positron emission tomography (PET) imaging application to investigate neural mechanisms underlying the relearning of taste preferences and food reward in bariatric surgery...(more)

Double- and single-balloon enteroscope equal for ERCP

A study comparing the success and complication rate of double-balloon enteroscope (DBE) and single-balloon enteroscope (SBE) to perform endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) in Roux-en-Y patients, has reported that both techniques are equally competent with high success rates and acceptable adverse events rates. However, the study authors from the Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Antwerp University Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium, said that ERCP at the level of the intact papilla in long limb Roux-en-Y is less successful, compared to short-limb or bilioenteric anastomosis...(more)