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The Value of Support

| June 2, 2007 | 2 Comments

by Margaret Houk, RN, BSN Margi Houk, RN, BSN, is a case manager with Saint Mary’s Health Plans, Reno, Nevada. My Journey to Surgery I have struggled with my weight since my birth. It is a family disease; my older brother has also dealt with a lifelong battle against morbid obesity and all of its […]

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The Endocannabinoid System as a Mechanism Regulating Appetite and Energy Balance

The Endocannabinoid System as a Mechanism Regulating Appetite and Energy Balance

| June 2, 2007 | 0 Comments

by Louis J. Aronne, MD, FACP,and Kathy Keenan Isoldi, MS, RD, CDE Dr. Aronne is Former President of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He has authored more than 40 papers and book chapters on obesity, and edited the National Institutes of Health […]

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The LAP-BAND AP™ System: The Platform Advances

The LAP-BAND AP™ System: The Platform Advances

| June 2, 2007 | 4 Comments

by Paul E. O’Brien, MD Dr. O’Brien is from the Centre for Obesity Research and Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Background Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) has now been available through most of the world for more than 12 years with the introduction of the LAP-BAND® System in 1993.[1] By the mid-1990s, this approach […]

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The International Bariatric Surgery Registry

The International Bariatric Surgery Registry

| June 2, 2007 | 0 Comments

by Edward E. Mason, MD, PhD, FACS; and Kathleen E. Renquist, BS Dr. Mason and Ms. Renquist are from The Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Department of Surgery; The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Abstract Objective: To report the 20-year experience of a large data repository for surgical treatment of […]

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Kitchen Management for the Bariatric Patient

| May 10, 2007 | 0 Comments

by Dave Fouts Dave Fouts is the corporate chef for Western Bariatric Institute (www.westernbariatricinstitute.com) and Imetobolic. You can visit www.chefdave.org for free recipes, grocery shopping planning lists, weekly meal planners, and more. Introduction “Eating out saves time and works well within my schedule.” I challenge this statement all the time; however, there are pros and […]

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Laparoscopic Gastric Band Adjustments

Laparoscopic Gastric Band Adjustments

| May 2, 2007 | 0 Comments

by Jaime Ponce, MD, FACS Dr. Ponce is Director for Bariatric Surgery, Dalton Surgical Group, PC, Hamilton Medical Center, Dalton, Georgia. Introduction One of the key features of the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) procedure is its adjustability.[1,2] The success of this procedure is directly dependent upon the optimal use of this capability. An adjustment […]

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Does Preoperative Weight Loss Predict Success with Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass?

| April 26, 2007 | 0 Comments

by James N. Lau, MD, FACS; and Myriam J. Curet, MD, FACS Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University INTRODUCTION Obesity is a well recognized public health epidemic affecting not only the United States, but the world. “This insidious, creeping pandemic of obesity is now engulfing the entire world,” Australia’s Monash University professor Paul Zimmet, Chair […]

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Perioperative Implications of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

| April 26, 2007 | 2 Comments

by Stephanie B. Jones, MD; Jeffrey M. Ellenbogen, MD; and Daniel B. Jones, MD, FACS INTRODUCTION Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a medical condition that leads to significant morbidity and reduced quality of life. Patients with OSA are particularly vulnerable to certain perioperative complications, and the incidence of OSA in the bariatric population may be […]

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Internal Hernia after Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass: A Review of the Literature

| April 26, 2007 | 17 Comments

by Louis O. Jeansonne IV, MD; Craig B. Morgenthal, MD; Brent C. White, MD; and Edward Lin, DO All from Emory Endosurgery Unit, Emory University School of Medicine Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LGBP) has been shown to be an effective treatment for morbid obesity, both in terms of weight loss and improvement in multiple comorbidities. […]

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Microbial Influences on Weight Regulation

| April 26, 2007 | 0 Comments

by Louis J. Aronne, MD, FACP, and Kathy Keenan Isoldi, MS, RD, CDE The increased prevalence of obesity has undoubtedly been influenced by a multitude of factors. Some factors are obvious, such as an increased consumption of calories and decreased usage of energy. There are, however, more subtle instigators in the development of obesity. For […]

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