The 14th Annual Buyers Guide, Quality in Surgery, and More

| August 1, 2018

Dr. John M. Morton

John M. Morton, MD, MPH, FACS, FASMBS, Clinical Editor, Bariatric Times; Chief of the Section of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, California, and Past President, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Dear Friends and Readers,

Welcome to the August 2018 issue of Bariatric Times which also contains the 14th Annual Bariatric Times Buyers Guide. Every year, the Buyers Guide highlights products and services of many companies that have become an integral part of our specialty. Access the Buyers Guide via the BT APP or e-Edition to get the full interactive experience of easily linking directly to company websites. Keep checking the website for updates to the Buyers Guide throughout the year.

This month, we are pleased to present the seond installment of the new column, “Raising the Standard,” created for the purpose of highlighting a broad range of quality issues in bariatric surgery. Column editors Drs. Anthony Petrick and Dominick Gadaleta provide an overview of American College of Surgeons (ACS) quality programs. Created in 2012, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and ACS established the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). MBSAQIP represents the most comprehensive ACS quality program with mandatory accreditation standards, data reporting, and quality improvement requirements. Stay tuned for future columns on the ACS Quality and Safety Conference 2018, which took place last month, and “team-based care.”

Dr. Michele Shermak discusses a recent trend in body contouring procedures after massive weight loss—patients’ increasing request for minimal incision surgery in order to achieve decreased scar appearance. Shermak comments that these patients understand this decision means the result of the procedure will be less impactful and possibly incomplete, but opt for it anyway. She concludes that impactful contour results can be achieved with body lifting techniques that provide minimal, well-camouflaged scars.

Next, Dr. Ann Defnet et al present a case of internal hernia after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) for morbid obesity associated with the presence of chylous ascites. Chylous ascites, though a rare finding, can occur after RYGB.

Lastly, Guerdjikova et al report results of an original research study on the usefulness of the combination of phentermine and topiramate extended release (phentermine–topiramate) in binge-eating disorder (BED) associated with obesity or overweight.

I hope you enjoy this issue of Bariatric Times. If you have questions or comments regarding an article or current topic in our field, consider submitting a letter to the editor (send to asaba@matrixmedcom.com). We would love to hear from you.

Sincerely,

John M. Morton, MD, MPH, FACS, FASMBS

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