Category: Bariatric surgery

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 FDA APPROVES EXPANDED USE OF LAP-BAND® ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BANDING SYSTEM FOR OBESE ADULTS Obese Adults with a BMI of 30-40 with at Least One Obesity Related Comorbid Condition Now Qualify for LAP-BAND® System Procedure When All Other Conservative Weight-loss Therapies Have Failed (IRVINE, Calif., February 16, 2011) – Obesity is the second-leading cause of preventable… Continue Reading »

What is the LAP-BAND®? The LAP-BAND® is a small, adjustable, flexible stomach band that limits the amount of food intake and therefore leads to significant weight loss over time.  The advantage of the band is that it is usually performed laparoscopically (with the help of small cameras and minimal incisions), does not involve any stomach… Continue Reading »

There were an estimated 200,000 bariatric surgeries performed in 2009, according to the Endocrine Society. As the number of patients undergoing weight loss surgeries continues to grow, the society saw the need for standards of care following these procedures, so they created a task force that has published guidelines for post-op bariatric surgery follow-up and… Continue Reading »

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New research found that bariatric surgery patients had a significant improvement in memory function three months after surgery. The study was conducted by Gladys Strain, PhD, director of research for laparoscopic and bariatric surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, who says that bariatric surgery’s effects on cognition have not been well studied before this. Strain’s… Continue Reading »

A recent study from George Washington University titled “A Heavy Burden: The Individual Costs of Being Overweight and Obese in the United States” found that it costs more to be overweight, and, more specifically, it costs more to be an overweight woman than an overweight man. Researchers found that the annual cost of being obese… Continue Reading »

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