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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Declines to Provide Coverage for Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: Disappointing News for Patients, Surgeons, and Advocates

| April 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Dear Readers of Bariatric Times: I would like to start this editorial by relaying the disappointing news that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has declined to provide coverage for laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) as valid bariatric treatment modality. It is unfortunate that the ones affected by this decision are the ones that, […]

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Postoperative Care and the Self-Paying Patient: Sometimes Surgeons Need to Compromise to Save Patients the Expense of Presenting to the Emergency Room with Unclear Symptoms

| March 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

Dear Readers of Bariatric Times: I just returned from San Diego, California, where I attended the annual meeting of the The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). This conference was, as in previous years, another great success orchestrated by program co-directors Drs. Daniel Scott and Daniel Jones. The highlights of this meeting were […]

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New Study Shows Lower Incidences of Cardiovascular Events and Related Fatalities in Patients with Morbid Obesity Who Underwent Bariatric Surgery Compared to Patients Treated with Medical Therapy Alone

| February 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Dear Readers of Bariatric Times: In this issue of Bariatric Times, we deliver to you more outstanding articles and columns. If you have a smart phone or tablet and have not done so already, please make sure you visit the Android Marketplace or Apple App store and download the BT App for your mobile device.

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Looking Forward in 2012: ASMBS and ACS Join to Create a Unified Centers of Excellence Program

| January 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Dear Readers of Bariatric Times, I hope you had a good end-of-the-year celebration in 2011 and I wish you all a great 2012. In this first 2012 issue of Bariatric Times, we present another installment in our special section “Surgical Pearls: Techniques in Bariatric Surgery.” This month, my group at Cleveland Clinic Florida describes the […]

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Prevention and Treatment of Obesity in Adolescents: A Worldwide Challenge

| December 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Readers of Bariatric Times: As this year comes to an end, we are privileged to share with you another exciting issue of Bariatric Times. I am especially excited to introduce to our readership a new column entitled, “Ed Mason at Large.” I first met Dr. Mason in 2007 at the Foregut […]

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Patients with Morbid Obesity are Often in Denial of Their Condition

| November 21, 2011 | 1 Comment

Dear readers of Bariatric Times, I cannot believe that it is already November and the holiday season is upon us. This month, I urge you to read the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) News and Update by Dr. Robin Blackstone. This installment contains information with which readers should become familiar, such as […]

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Be Fast without Hurrying Up

| October 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

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Proper Follow Up after Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding is the Responsibility of both the Patient and Doctor

| September 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Dear Bariatric Times readers: I just returned from the XVI World Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO), which took place August 31 to September 3, 2011, in Hamburg, Germany. The meeting was a great success. Congratulations to Sylvie Weiner and Dr. Rudolph Weiner on the impeccable organization […]

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Statistics Suggest that Obesity Thrives on a Low Income

| August 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

Dear Bariatric Times friends and colleagues: I was glued to the radio trying to figure out what was going on with the stock market (bad idea) when I came across a very interesting radio show on WLRN (public radio and television for South Florida) that discussed the increased prevalence of obesity in France. The French, […]

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Outpatient Bariatric Surgery? More Things to Consider than Just Anesthesia Concerns

| July 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Dear Bariatric Times friends and colleagues: I am sure that all readers who attended the 28th annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) in Orlando, Florida last month would agree that it was an excellent meeting. I enjoyed it despite the fact that I hate Orlando!

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