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    Thursday, October 12, 2006

    LAP BAND SURGERY

    Patients with BMI of 30-34 lost an average of 57 lbs after Lap Band weight loss surgery

    Patients with moderate obesity lost and maintained an average of 57 pounds three years after undergoing adjustable gastric lap banding weight loss surgery. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Oct 12, 2006 3:40 am | [0] comments

    WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

    Death rate from weight loss surgeries : 2% after 1 month, 2.8% after 3 months, 4.6% after 1 year

    The death rate of patients undergoing weight loss surgery was 2 percent after one month, 2.8 percent after three months and 4.6 percent after one year according to an analysis of 16,155 patients who underwent weight loss surgeries. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Oct 12, 2006 2:46 am | [0] comments

    WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

    Forty percent of people having weight loss surgeries develop complications within 6 months

    One out of five people (21.9 percent) who undergo weight loss surgery develop complications during their initial hospital stay, which increases to two out of every five people (39.6 percent) within six months according to an analysis of 2,522 people who underwent weight loss surgeries at 308 hospitals. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Oct 12, 2006 2:37 am | [0] comments

    Wednesday, October 11, 2006

    WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

    Weight loss surgery causes weight loss of 25-30% vs 5-10% with lifestyle changes or diet drugs

    "Gastric bypass is by far and above the most effective treatment we have for severe obesity," said Thomas Wadden, PhD, director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia as quoted in the October 4th, 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Assocation.
    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Oct 11, 2006 8:51 am | [0] comments

    GASTRIC BANDING

    Gastric banding weight loss surgery helps Blacks lose 41% of excess weight after 3 yrs, Whites 52%

    One year after adjustable gastric banding weight loss surgery Blacks had lost 39 percent of their excess weight, while Whites had lost 49 percent according to a study from New York University School of Medicine. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Oct 11, 2006 3:39 am | [0] comments

    Monday, July 10, 2006

    WEIGHT LOSS SUGERY

    Weight loss surgery: 66% excess lost with gastroplasty, 69% with bypass, 79% with duodenal switch

    According to a study from Spain, the amount of weight loss five years after weight loss surgery was as follows:
    • 66 percent of excess weight lost after gastroplasty

    • 69 percent of excess weight lost after gastric bypass

    • 79 percent of excess weight lost after duodenal switch.
    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 10, 2006 3:23 am | [0] comments

    WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

    Weight loss surgery: Duodenal switch better than vertical banded gastroplasty

    For morbidly obese patients, the duodenal switch procedure is more successful than vertical banded gastroplasty according to a study from Spain. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 10, 2006 2:43 am | [3] comments

    WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

    Weight loss surgeries compared: Gastric banding vs gastric bypass vs biliopancreatic diversion

    Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding weight loss surgery, which restricst the amount of food that a person can eat, causes patients to lose an average of 35 to 54 percent of their excess weight loss after 1 year according to a paper from researchers at Yale University in Bridgeport, Conneticuit, USA.

    Biliopancreatic diversions with and without duodenal switch, a procedure which causes malabsorption, causes patients to lose an average of 72 to 77 percent of their excess weight, but is only performed at a few centers in the U.S.

    Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, which causes both malabsorption and restricts the amount of food a patient can eat, causes patients to lose an average of 69% of their excess weight after one year and 49 percent after 14 years. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 10, 2006 2:15 am | [0] comments

    Tuesday, June 13, 2006

    WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

    Gastric banding weight loss surgery helps patients lose two-thirds of excess weight after 3 years

    Gastric banding weight loss surgery, known as Lap-Band in the U.S., has become more successful than it was when it was first introduced according to review paper on obesity surgery by Dan Eisenberg and others from the Yale School of Medicine. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jun 13, 2006 4:27 am | [0] comments

    WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

    Vertical banded gastroplasty weight loss surgery only helps one-fifth of patients maintain 50% loss

    Vertical banded gastroplasty weight loss surgery is less successful than gastric bypass according to a review paper on obesity surgery by Dan Eisenberg and others from the Yale School of Medicine. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jun 13, 2006 3:57 am | [0] comments

    OBESITY SURGERY

    Biliopancreatic diversion obesity surgery helps patients lose 75% of excess weight

    Biliopancreatic diversion obesity surgery causes a weight loss of nearly 15 percent after four months and an average long-term weight loss loss of 75 percent of excess weight according to several papers following 2,000 patients who have undergone this procedure as reported in a review paper on obesity surgery written by Dan Eisenberg and others from the Yale School of Medicine. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Jun 13, 2006 3:15 am | [2] comments

    Monday, October 17, 2005

    LAP BAND SURGERY

    Lap band surgery helps morbidly obese lose nearly half their excess weight

    The average amount of excess weight that was lost following laproscopic gastric banding -- lap band surgery -- was 40 percent after one year, 47 percent after two years, 44 percent after four years, 43 percent after five years, and 32 percent after eight years according to a study from Germany. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Oct 17, 2005 9:14 am | [0] comments

    Monday, September 26, 2005

    WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

    Patients with coronary artery disease lost an average of 98 pounds after weight loss surgery

    "Bariatric surgery [is safe and] should be considered for treating patients with [coronary artery disease] and class II or III obesity [that is a body mass index of 35 or above]," concludes a study from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 26, 2005 6:33 am | [0] comments

    Tuesday, September 20, 2005

    DIET, DRUGS AND SURGERY

    Long-term weight loss with diet and lifestyle versus drugs versus surgery

    Studies have found that on average, diet and lifestyle changes help people to lose up to 11 pounds after two to four years, whereas diet drugs help people lose an average of 11-22 pounds after one to two years, and weight loss surgery results in an average weight losse of 55 to 165 pounds after two to four years, depending on the type of surgery, according to a paper from Dr. J. D. Douketis from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Sep 20, 2005 9:01 am | [0] comments

    Tuesday, September 06, 2005

    GASTRIC BYPASS VS GASTRIC BANDING

    Gastric bypass versus gastric banding: 79% vs 57% of excess weight lost after 2 years

    Laparoscopic gastric bypass helped patients lose an average of 70 percent of their excess weight after one year, 79 percent after two years, and 84 percent after three years compared to 39 percent after one year and 57 percent after two years for patients that had adjustable gastric banding according to a paper from the Bariatric Institute of Wisconsin in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Sep 06, 2005 4:21 am | [0] comments

    Wednesday, August 31, 2005

    LAP BAND SURGERY

    Morbidly obese patients lose an averge of 57-68 lbs after lap band surgery

    Morbidly obese patients lost an average of roughly 57-68 pounds after laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery (lap band surgery) according to a study from Changi General Hospital in Singapore. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Aug 31, 2005 5:08 am | [0] comments

    Monday, August 29, 2005

    WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

    Patients lose 52% of their excess weight with lap band weight loss surgery after 1.5 to 2 years

    Patients who have had laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (lap band surgery) seem to lose more weight when adjustments are made when they are consuming solid food, not sensing satiety, and not experiencing regular weight loss according to a new study from Loyola University in Maywood, Illinois, USA. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 29, 2005 10:10 am | [0] comments

    WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

    Adverse effects from weight loss surgery more common in men than women

    Adverse effects, including death, are more common in males than females who undergo Roux-en-Y gastric bypass weight loss surgery according to a new paper from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 29, 2005 10:00 am | [0] comments

    Monday, July 18, 2005

    WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

    Weight loss surgery reduces risk of death in morbidly obese by 89% over five years

    "This study shows that weight-loss surgery significantly decreases overall mortality as well as the development of new health-related conditions in morbidly obese patients," concluded a recent study from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 18, 2005 2:38 am | [0] comments

    WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

    Weight loss surgeries in U.S. increased nearly 9-fold from 1992 to 2004

    The number of weight loss surgeries has increased from approximately 16,000 in 1992 to an estimated 140,000 in 2004. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 18, 2005 1:59 am | [0] comments

    Friday, July 08, 2005

    WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

    Younger women lose 28% with adjustable gastric banding, older men 19%

    Women under the age of 50 lose an average of one-forth of their body weight after adjustable gastric banding weight loss surgery, while men over the age of 50 lose nearly one-fifth of their body weight according to new study from Switzerland. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Jul 08, 2005 3:50 am | [0] comments

    Wednesday, July 06, 2005

    DIET VS DRUGS VS SURGERY

    Weight loss less than 11 lbs with diet and lifestyle, 11-22 lbs with drugs, and 55-165 lbs w/surgery

    When considering only patients who lose at 5 percent of their body weight by the end of weight loss studies, diet and lifestyle changes cause an average weight loss of less than 11 pounds after 2-4 years; weight loss medications cause an average weight loss of 11 to 22 pounds after 1-2 years; and weight loss surgery causes an average weight loss of 55-165 pounds after 2-4 years according to a new review from researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Jul 06, 2005 7:50 am | [0] comments

    Wednesday, June 08, 2005

    WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

    Gastric bypass is a better choice than gastric banding for ‘super obese’

    Gastric banding has a high failure rate in people who are "super obese", that is those with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 50, according to a paper from France. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Jun 08, 2005 8:46 am | [0] comments

    Thursday, April 14, 2005

    OBESITY SURGERY

    Obesity surgery: Older patients and diabetic patients tend to lose more weight

    Older patients, diabetic patients, and patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) tend to lose more than an average amount of weight after having laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding weight loss surgery (lap band surgery) according to a new study from New Jersey. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Apr 14, 2005 5:14 am | [0] comments

    Monday, March 28, 2005

    STOMACH BALLON

    Stomach balloon causes average weight loss of 29 pounds after six months

    A balloon put in a person's stomach, called an intragastric balloon, causes an average weight loss of 29 pounds or 73 pounds in people who were super obese according to a new paper from Saudi Arabia. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Mar 28, 2005 4:34 am | [0] comments

    WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

    Lap band surgery helps patients lose half their excess weight

    Patients lost an average of 48 percent of their excess weight following laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (lap band surgery) according to a new paper from doctors from Northwest Weight Loss Surgery in Kirkland, Washington, USA. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Mar 28, 2005 4:02 am | [0] comments

    Friday, March 11, 2005

    WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

    Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery: Advantages and disadvantages compared to open surgery

    Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery causes a similar amount of weight loss as open Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, however, each type of surgery has both advantages and disadvantages. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Mar 11, 2005 2:07 pm | [0] comments

    WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

    Weight loss surgeries increased six-fold from 1990 to 2000

    From 1990 to 2000, weight loss surgeries increased six-fold, from 2.4 to 14.1 per 100,000 U.S. adults. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Mar 11, 2005 1:57 pm | [0] comments

    Wednesday, March 09, 2005

    LAP BAND SURGERY

    Lap band surgery causes average loss of 90 lbs

    Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (lap band surgery) helped patients lose 59 percent of their excess body weight, or about 90 pounds, after eight years according to a recent paper from Germany. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Mar 09, 2005 7:17 am | [0] comments

    Thursday, March 03, 2005

    MINI-GASTRIC BYPASS

    Mini-gastric bypass helps patients lose half to three-fourths of their excess weight

    A type of weight loss surgery known as a minigastric bypass, helped seven morbidly obese patients lose between 45 percent and 78 percent of their excess weight according to a paper from Romania. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Mar 03, 2005 6:16 am | [0] comments

    Monday, February 21, 2005

    LAP BAND SURGERY

    Lap band surgery helps patients lose half their excess weight

    Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (Lap Band) surgery helped patients lose an average of about half of their excess weight (47 percent) and improved many conditions related to their obesity according to a study from Houston, Texas. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Feb 21, 2005 6:26 am | [0] comments

    Thursday, February 03, 2005

    LAP BAND SURGERY

    Lap band surgery helps morbidly obese patients lose an average of 41% of their excess weight

    Morbidly obese patients lost an average of 60 pounds, or 41 percent of their excess body weight, a year-and-a-half after undergoing laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery according to a paper from Hong Kong. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Feb 03, 2005 5:31 am | [0] comments

    Friday, January 07, 2005

    WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

    Weight loss surgeries help people lose 40-70% of excess weight

    Weight loss surgeries help people lose 40 to 70 percent of their excess weight according to a new paper. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Jan 07, 2005 9:12 am | [0] comments

    RISK OF DEATH

    BMI of 40 (extreme obesity) increases the risk of death 2.7 fold in men, 1.9 fold in women

    Morbid obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, increases the risk of death 2.7-fold in men and 1.9-fold in women according to a new paper. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Jan 07, 2005 9:12 am | [0] comments

    Monday, December 20, 2004

    U.S. NIH’s Obesity Guidelines Part 31: Weight Loss Surgery

    Weight loss surgery is an option for carefully selected patients with clinically severe obesity (BMI greater than 40 or BMI greater than 35 with comorbid conditions) when less invasive methods of weight loss have failed and the patient is at high risk for obesity-associated morbidity or mortality according to the U.S. NIH's Obesity Guidelines (p. xxiii).

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Dec 20, 2004 10:08 pm | [0] comments

    Thursday, December 02, 2004

    Gastric bypass causes greater weight loss than gastric banding; 27 lbs for women, 32 lbs for men

    Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass appears to be the therapy of choice [for morbid obesity]," concludes a new paper from Switzerland. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Dec 02, 2004 2:59 am | [0] comments

    Friday, November 19, 2004

    Antireflux surgery causes an average weight loss of 8.6 pounds

    The gold standard for antireflux surgery called laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication causes an average weight loss of 8.6 pounds according to a study from Australia. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Nov 19, 2004 5:12 pm | [0] comments

    Friday, November 12, 2004

    Weight loss surgery helps patients lose an average of 61 percent of their excess weight

    Weight loss surgery caused patients to lose an average of 61 percent of their weight loss according to a new review paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Nov 12, 2004 2:21 pm | [0] comments

    Monday, November 08, 2004

    Weight loss surgeries: 103,000 per year in the U.S. and Canada

    In 2002-2003, an estimated 146,301 weight loss surguries were performed world-wide according to a new paper. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Nov 08, 2004 7:43 am | [0] comments

    Gastric bypass causes 33% weight loss after 2 years, 25% after 8 years

    Gastric bypass causes an average weight loss of 33 percent of body weight after two years and 25 percent after eight years according to a review paper. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Nov 08, 2004 7:09 am | [0] comments
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