Source: Obesity Action Coalition
As the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy gains recognition as a stand alone weight loss procedure, frequently asked questions are answered by the experts at OAC.
Source: Kuwait Times
Obesity kills: life expectancy of a 20-year-old person with a BMI of 40 (for example 121kg/174cm tall) is 13 years shorter compared to a person of the same age with a normal BMI. Obesity is measured by body mass index or “BMI.” BMI is the weight in kg divided by squared meter height. Surgery has been proven to be the most effective, and long lasting treatment for morbid obesity and its related conditions, and results in significant weight loss compared to slimming diets (“yo-yo” effect of weight regain) or intra-gastric balloons (weight regain after removal). This new trend to do Sleeve Gastrectomy completely changes the person’s life and life expectancy. People are realizing that after surgical weight loss that they will enjoy a new quality of life. 96 percent of the patients are satisfied with their life and body changes.
Source: Fox News
At a luncheon sponsored by the American Heart Surgery Association in Detroit on Friday, Rosie O’Donnell revealed that she underwent vertical gastric sleeve surgery according to TVGuide.com.
The story which first appeared in People magazine reports that since having the procedure in July, O’Donnell says she has lost 40 pounds and currently weighs 190 pounds.
The weight loss surgery reduces one’s stomach size by approximately 25 percent and thereby limits the amount of food your stomach can hold. “I did it to save my life,” O’Donnell, who suffered a heart attack in 2012, said. She also had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and was pre-diabetic.
Source: Medical Xpress
A study by Cleveland Clinic researchers show bariatric surgery is a highly effective and durable treatment for type 2 diabetes in obese patients, enabling nearly all surgical patients to be free of insulin and many to be free of all diabetic medications three years after surgery.
The STAMPEDE (Surgical Therapy And Medications Potentially Eradicate Diabetes Efficiently) trial was simultaneously published in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented today at the Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology in Washington, D.C.
Source: Bariatric News
Loop duodeno-enterosomies with sleeve gastrectomy can be safely performed, according to a group of researchers Germany and Poland. The study, ‘Pylorus preserving loop duodeno-enterostomy with sleeve gastrectomy – preliminary results.’ published online in BMC Surgery, concludes that this approach could ‘open new alternatives in bariatric surgery with the possibility for inter-individual adaptation’.
In the paper, the investigators from Silesian Medical University, Katowitz, Poland, the University of Freiburg and University of Schleswig-Holstein, Lbeck, Germany, present their early results of a proximal postpyloric loop duodeno-jejunostomy associated with a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG), compared to results of a parallel, but distal LSG with a loop duodeno-ileostomy as a two-step procedure.