Congratulations to Dr. Robin Blackstone, Outgoing President, and All Members of the ASMBS on Another Great Year of Progress in the Field of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery!
Dear Readers of Bariatric Times: By the time you read this issue, we may be together in San Diego, California, enjoying the beautiful landscape and weather while attending the Annual Clinical Congress of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). This will be the last stand-alone ASMBS Congress as beginning October 2013 the […]
Sleeve Gastrectomy is Technically Simple, Requires Minimal Follow Up, and Results in Negligible Long-term Complications— What More Can We Ask For?
Dear Readers of Bariatric Times: This month we share with you reviews and comments from Drs. Ed Mason and Walter Pories on the recent studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).[1,2] These prospective, randomized, controlled studies demonstrated that bariatric surgery in combination with medical therapy is far superior to medical therapy alone […]
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Declines to Provide Coverage for Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: Disappointing News for Patients, Surgeons, and Advocates
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, […]
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
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 […]
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
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Proper Follow Up after Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding is the Responsibility of both the Patient and Doctor
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 […]