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Weight-Loss Surgery Beats Meds for Obese, Diabetic Teens: Study

Posted 14 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 Weight-loss surgery may help severely obese teens with type 2 diabetes far more than medication and lifestyle changes alone, new research suggests. A small analysis found that bariatric surgery did a "far better" job than drug and lifestyle management in achieving significant weight loss and reversing diabetes, said study lead author Dr. Thomas Inge. His investigation – ...

Is Bariatric Surgery for You?

Posted 8 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 – If you've been struggling with your weight for some time, you might be wondering if bariatric surgery is the answer. This surgery, which involves reducing the size of your stomach to limit how much food you can take in, isn't for moderate weight loss. You need to be at least 100 pounds overweight with a BMI of 40, or 35 if you also have serious health issues. You'll ...

Lasers, Freezes: Non-Surgical Fat Reducers Gaining Popularity

Posted 1 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 – Fat can be easy to put on, but much tougher to remove. Now, the latest data shows Americans are increasingly turning to non-surgical means of fat reduction. The annual report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) finds big jumps in the popularity of noninvasive "body shaping" techniques – everything from ultrasound to radio waves, infrared light, ...

1 in 10 Worldwide Gets Wound Infection After Abdominal Surgery

Posted 15 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Globally, more than one in 10 patients develops a surgical-site infection after a gastrointestinal operation, a new study finds. Rates vary widely, with overuse of antibiotics in poorer countries likely contributing to higher prevalence, the researchers said. "Worldwide, large amounts of antibiotics were consumed to prevent and treat surgical-site infections," said Dr. ...

Shedding Pounds Before Weight-Loss Surgery a Smart Move

Posted 14 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – By the time you've decided to have weight-loss surgery, you've probably given up on dieting altogether. But a new study suggests that if you can drop some weight in the month before your procedure, you might have a smoother surgery and recovery – and you could ultimately lose more weight. Researchers asked people scheduled for weight-loss procedures to go on a ...

Surgery or Antibiotics for Appendicitis? Here's What Patients Chose

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – Even though appendicitis often resolves with the use of antibiotics, the overwhelming majority of Americans would opt for surgery instead, a new survey finds. Only about one in every 10 adults surveyed in the new study said they'd use antibiotics to ease an inflamed appendix, according to a team led by surgeon Dr. Marc Basson, of the University of North Dakota School ...

Is Surgery Riskier for Black Children?

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – Black children are more than twice as likely as white kids to die from surgery complications in the United States, a new study suggests. Researchers found that black kids more often had risk factors that raised their odds of dying within 30 days of surgery. They were more likely, for example, to need blood transfusions or to be placed on ventilators to help them ...

One Weight-Loss Surgery Shows Lasting Results

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – Obesity surgery can have long-lasting effects on weight and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, a new study finds. Doctors have known that a type of obesity surgery, called gastric bypass, works in the short-term. Patients typically lose a lot of weight, and obesity-related health problems can be prevented or even cured. But the new ...

Weight-Loss Surgery May Leave Some Anemic

Posted 20 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – For many obese Americans, weight-loss surgery can be a path to losing lots of unhealthy pounds. But new research suggests it can also lead to a long-term loss of healthy red blood cells, otherwise known as anemia. In a study of U.S. veterans who got a common form of weight-loss (bariatric) surgery, "anemia rates are high 10 years after," conclude a team led by Dr. Dan ...

Don't Put Off Weight-Loss Surgery Till You're Heavier

Posted 26 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 – Having weight-loss surgery before you become severely obese tends to achieve better results, a new study finds. Researchers found that people who underwent bariatric surgery when their body mass index (BMI) was less than 40 were more likely to achieve a BMI below 30 (overweight but not obese) compared to those with a higher body mass index, researchers. A BMI of 30 or ...

1 in 5 Weight-Loss Surgery Patients Using Opioids Years Later

Posted 6 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – About 20 percent of U.S. weight-loss surgery patients are still using prescription opioid painkillers seven years later, a new study finds. The finding has importance, given the epidemic of opioid painkiller abuse currently affecting the United States, researchers said. "Our study does not prove that bariatric surgery causes an increase in opioid use. However, it does ...

Gut Bacteria Changes After Some Weight-Loss Surgeries

Posted 26 May 2017 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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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