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Gut Bacteria Changes After Some Weight-Loss Surgeries

Posted 2 days 4 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 – A type of weight-loss surgery – called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass – triggers major changes in the microbial population of the digestive tract, a new study finds. Specifically, the procedure leads to increased diversity of bacteria in the gut, and a microbial population distinct from obese and normal-weight people, researchers found. "Diversity is good," said study co-author Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown of Arizona State University. She and her colleagues said the findings may prove important in the understanding and management of obesity. "One of the key findings of the paper confirms what we had already observed in earlier research," said Krajmalnik-Brown. Compared to gastric banding – another type of weight-loss surgery – Roux-en-Y gastric bypass "had a huge effect on the microbial community structure," she said in a university news release. Obesity, which affects ... Read more

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Weight-Loss Surgery May Help Obese Patients Beat Diabetes

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – There's more evidence that obese patients with type 2 diabetes can control the disease better with weight-loss surgery, compared to medication alone. New research shows that five years after weight-loss surgery, known as bariatric surgery, those who had the procedure showed better improvements in quality of life and overall health, and some no longer needed insulin, compared with those who only took diabetes medications. "About a third of the patients who had surgery were able to achieve a complete remission of their diabetes – their blood sugar returned to normal and they did not need medications," said lead researcher Dr. Philip Schauer. He is director of the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute in Ohio. "Surgery has come as close as any treatment that we know of that can lead to long-term remission of type 2 diabetes, which is about as close ... Read more

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Rude, Disrespectful Surgeons May Also Be More Error-Prone: Study

Posted 15 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – Surgeons with a history of patient complaints regarding their personalities or attitude are also more likely to make mistakes in the operating room, a new study finds. Researchers compared surgical outcomes with patient reports of unprofessional behavior by their doctors at several health systems in the United States. The investigators found that people treated by surgeons who had the most complaints had nearly 14 percent more complications in the month after surgery than patients treated by surgeons viewed as more respectful. Complications included surgical-site infections, pneumonia, kidney conditions, stroke, heart problems, blood clots, sepsis and urinary tract infections, according to the study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) researchers. Lead author Dr. William Cooper said surgeons who are rude and disrespectful to patients might also ... Read more

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FDA Issues Warning About Balloon Obesity Treatments

Posted 13 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – Fluid-filled balloons placed in the stomach to treat obesity have been linked to serious complications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports. The balloons treat obesity by taking up space in a patient's stomach, and are used in conjunction with diet and exercise. Two types of fluid-filled balloon systems – the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System and the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System – were approved by the FDA in 2015. But in a recent warning sent to health care providers, the FDA said it has received multiple reports of complications associated with the two balloon systems. One type of problem involved the balloons over-inflating with air or with more fluid in patients' stomachs. This led to the premature removal of the balloons. The second type of problem is development of acute pancreatitis. This complication also led to the removal of the ... Read more

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Emergency Surgery Riskier for Kids in Poorer Countries

Posted 13 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 – Children in poorer countries are much more likely to die after emergency abdominal surgery than those in wealthy nations, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed the outcomes of more than 1,400 children in 43 countries who had emergency abdominal surgery in 2014. The surgeries were for conditions such as appendicitis, congenital abnormalities and hernia. Compared to children in wealthy countries, those in middle-income nations were four times more likely to die within 30 days of surgery, and those in poor countries were seven times more likely to die, the study found. Rates of serious complications were just over 11 percent among children in poor countries, compared with just over 6 percent for those in middle-income and rich countries. Rates of wound infection were 21 percent for children in poor countries, 9.6 percent for those in middle-income countries, and ... Read more

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Weight-Loss Surgery Tied to Lower Heart Risks

Posted 14 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 – Weight-loss surgery may significantly reduce obese people's risk of heart failure, a new study indicates. Researchers compared more than 25,800 obese people who had weight-loss (bariatric) surgery with more than 13,700 obese people who tried to lose weight through a program of major lifestyle changes. Both groups had no history of heart failure. Four years after the start of treatment, the weight-loss surgery group had lost more weight, had a nearly 50 percent lower risk of heart failure, and had lower rates of heart rhythm problems, diabetes and high blood pressure than the lifestyle-changes group, the findings showed. Both groups had similar rates of heart attack and death, according to the study, which was scheduled for presentation Monday at the American Heart Association (AHA) annual meeting, in New Orleans. "Our study shows an association between obesity ... Read more

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Follow-Up Appointments Boost Weight-Loss Surgery Success

Posted 6 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Nov. 5, 2016 – Regular follow-up visits with a doctor translated into greater health improvements for weight-loss surgery patients, new research indicates. "This study shows there is great value in seeing patients at routine intervals after surgery in terms of health outcomes," said study co-author Dr. Andrea Schwoerer. She was at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University at the time of the study. "Unfortunately, many patients, reportedly as many as 50 percent, are lost to follow-up and therefore may not benefit as much as they can from weight-loss surgery, no matter how well it was performed," she added. In the study, the researchers compared outcomes for more than 51,000 patients. Some had three follow-up visits. These visits occurred at 3, 6 and 12 months after the weight-loss surgery (complete follow-up). Others had only one or two follow-up visits ... Read more

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Robotic Surgical Tools Tough to Keep Clean

Posted 1 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 – Even with repeated cleanings, it's virtually impossible to remove all contamination from robotic surgical instruments, a new study suggests. "One of the top priorities for hospitals is to treat patients safely and with minimal risk of infection," said study author Yuhei Saito, an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo Hospital in Japan. "Our results show that surgical instruments could be placing patients at risk due to current cleaning procedures. One way to address this issue is to establish new standards for cleaning surgical instruments, including multi-part robotic tools," Saito said in a news release from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Over the course of 21 months, the researchers assessed protein residue on 132 robotic and standard surgical instruments that were cleaned according to manufacturers' instructions. The cleanings ... Read more

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Weight-Loss Surgery May Lower Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Posted 28 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 28, 2016 – Women who undergo weight-loss surgery gain major benefits when it comes to pregnancy, a new study suggests. Researchers found these women appear to be less likely to need a cesarean-section delivery and more likely to have a normal-sized baby. "These findings are important because we were able to confirm that obese women who undergo bariatric [weight-loss] operations prior to conceiving do not have worse outcomes, compared with obese women who don't have these procedures," said senior study author Dr. Aliu Sanni. He is medical director of the department of metabolic and bariatric surgery at Eastside Medical Center in Snellville, Ga. "We want to make sure that bariatric surgery performed before pregnancy will have benefits for these women, and that having a procedure won't harm the baby," he said in a news release from the American College of Surgeons. It's well ... Read more

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Having Baby Too Soon After Weight-Loss Surgery May Raise Risks

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 – Infants born to mothers who've had weight-loss surgery have a higher risk for complications, and the risks are greatest for those born within two years of the surgery, a new study finds. "A recently postoperative mother with underlying nutritional, metabolic, and physiological changes is at an elevated risk for perinatal complications," concluded a team led by Dr. Brodie Parent, of the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. One obstetrician who reviewed the findings said the issue is arising more frequently as bariatric (weight-loss) surgeries surge in popularity. "I have been acutely aware of the recent increase in patients who have had bariatric procedures," said Dr. Brian McKennna, who directs gynecology at Northwell Health's Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y. "Many of these patients have had serious nutritional deficits even before their ... Read more

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Are There Alternatives to Statins?

Posted 27 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 – Statins are the go-to therapy for lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol, but other treatments also can effectively reduce risk of future heart problems, a new evidence review reports. These alternative therapies – including a heart-healthy diet, other cholesterol-lowering medications, and even intestinal bypass surgery – seem to confer the same level of heart health protection as statins when cholesterol levels decrease, according to the findings. Nonstatin therapies reduced the risk of heart problems by 25 percent for each 1 millimole per liter (mmol/L) decrease in LDL cholesterol levels. That's very similar to the 23 percent reduction per 1 mmol/L decrease seen with statins like atorvastatin (Lipitor) and simvastatin (Zocor), the researchers said. What's more, the benefits of these therapies stack up if more than one proves effective at lowering a person's ... Read more

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Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Treat Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 24 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – Weight-loss surgery quickly improves blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes, and should be recommended or considered as a treatment for certain obese people with diabetes. That's the message of a joint statement endorsed by 45 international professional organizations. It appears in the June issue of the journal Diabetes Care. "Given the rapid developments in the field, it is important to focus on this topic for those who care for individuals with diabetes. These new guidelines, based on the results of multiple clinical studies, validate that [weight-loss] surgery is indicated in certain people with diabetes and can yield significantly improved outcomes," editor-in-chief of Diabetes Care Dr. William Cefalu said in a journal news release. These are the first guidelines recommending surgery as a treatment option specifically for diabetes, he added. The ... Read more

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Robots Stake Their Claim in the Operating Room

Posted 4 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 – A surgical robot outperformed human surgeons in stitching the small intestines of pigs back together, researchers report. Without any direct human interaction, the Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) reconnected the intestines with sutures that proved more accurate, evenly spaced and durable than those created by human hands, the machine's developers said. The test shows it's possible to create a smart robot that will be able to perform an entire surgical procedure on its own, much as robot technology is now used to assemble complex machinery or safely steer airplanes and automobiles, said senior researcher Dr. Peter C.W. Kim. "Our hypothesis is you should be able to eventually program the entire surgical procedure beginning-to-end, intelligently and autonomously," said Kim, who is a pediatric surgeon and vice president of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for ... Read more

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How Important Is Surgeon's Skill for Weight-Loss Surgery Outcomes?

Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 – A surgeon's skill level does not seem to have a big impact on long-term outcomes for weight-loss surgery patients, a new study suggests. However, one weight-loss surgeon disagreed with the study's conclusion. Prior research had found an association between surgical skill level and short-term outcomes after a type of weight-loss surgery called laparoscopic gastric bypass. But, the long-term impact was unknown. The new study was led by Dr. Christopher Scally, of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and included more than 3,600 patients. The patients underwent weight-loss surgery performed by one of 20 different surgeons. Each surgeon's individual skill level was assessed by experts who viewed videos of the surgeons as they performed weight-loss operations. Surgeons ranked in both the highest and lowest levels had been practicing an average of 11 years. One ... Read more

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Weight-Loss Surgery Gets People Moving, Study Shows

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 – Weight-loss surgery seems to help ease joint pain and improve mobility in the long run, new research suggests. "Previous studies have reported improvement in pain and function [after weight-loss surgery]," said study author Wendy King, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. However, most of those studies only followed people for a year after their procedure, she added. "We found through three years of follow-up that, depending on the measure, 50 to 75 percent of adults with severe obesity who had bariatric [weight-loss] surgery experienced clinically significant improvements in pain, physical functioning and walking time," she said. "Our findings reinforce the findings of shorter-term studies." King's team evaluated more than 2,200 men and women who had weight-loss surgery at one of 10 hospitals across the United States. The ... Read more

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