Bariatric surgery can increase risk of preterm birth

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Babies of women who have undergone bariatric surgery for obesity run a higher risk of preterm birth, according to an update from a study from the Karolinska Institutet and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. “Since obesity is associated with a higher risk of preterm delivery, we assumed that the weight-loss achieved by surgery would reduce this risk, […]

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Experts push for surgery to tackle Type 2 diabetes

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DIABETES specialists across the world are calling for a radical mind-set shift in treatment for Type 2 diabetes so that doctors can recommend bariatric surgery for patients. They say the surgery is close to the holy grail of a diabetes cure. Diabetes is a major cause of kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputations, heart attack and stroke. Type 2 diabetes […]

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Behavior After Bariatric Surgery Key, Study Finds

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Preoperative variables have been the focus of numerous bariatric surgery studies. Now a study looking at postoperative factors demonstrates that assessing weight management practices and eating behaviors after surgery, as well as problematic substance use, can significantly affect how much weight a patient loses. James E. Mitchell, MD, from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, […]

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Mental health common among surgical patients

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Mental health conditions, such as depression and binge eating disorder, are common among patients seeking and undergoing bariatric surgery, according to a study, ‘Mental Health Conditions Among Patients Seeking and Undergoing Bariatric Surgery – A Meta-analysis’, published in JAMA. Although bariatric surgery is an accepted method of promoting weight loss in severely obese individuals, mental health conditions may be common […]

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Bariatric Surgery May Harm Marital and Family Relationships

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New research findings suggest for some, being married might actually work against patients’ quest to keep weight off, say investigators from Ohio State University. The researchers, led by Megan Ferriby, a graduate student in human sciences, concluded that the impact of weight-loss surgery extends to his or her romantic relationships and likely to the entire family. The Ohio State team […]

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Mental health common among surgical patients

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        Mental health conditions, such as depression and binge eating disorder, are common among patients seeking and undergoing bariatric surgery, according to a study, ‘Mental Health Conditions Among Patients Seeking and Undergoing Bariatric Surgery – A Meta-analysis’, published in JAMA. Although bariatric surgery is an accepted method of promoting weight loss in severely obese individuals, mental health […]

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Gastric bypass surgery can improve psychiatric behaviours

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Bariatric surgery can results in improvements in patients’ psychiatric behaviours such as eating behaviours, mood disorders and body image, although the mechanism as to why is not clear, according to a study by Portuguese researchers. Published in the Archives of Clinical Psychiatry (São Paulo), the paper ‘A psychiatric perspective view of bariatric surgery patients’, states that despite these improvements clinicians […]

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Support Group Monthly Meeting

Support Group Monthly Meeting Bariatric Surgery Support (BSS) is a Cape Town based Support Group for people seeking information and Support about Weight-Loss Surgery. We deal with a host of pre and post operation issues aimed at facilitating your journey to a healthier life style. When: October 27th, Durbanville Medi Clinic Venue: Durbanville Medi Clinic, Ground Floor, Conference Room, 45 […]

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Study finds surgery eliminates precancerous uterine growths

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A study evaluating the effects of bariatric surgery on obese women most at risk for cancer has found that the bariatric surgery eliminated precancerous uterine growths in those that had them. Other effects included substantial weight loss, improving patients’ physical quality of life (QoL), improving their insulin levels and ability to use glucose, and altering the composition of their gut […]

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Gastric bypass Surgery has glucose-lowering effect independent of weight loss

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Although gastric bypass is known to result in a reduction in glucose levels, a study by researchers from Norway and Denmark has found that is it independent of weight-loss. According to the study authors from the Vestfold Hospital Trust, Tønsberg, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway, and the Endocrinology Research Section, Copenhagen, Denmark, the paper, ‘Gastric bypass surgery has a weight-loss […]

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Metabolic Bone Changes After Bariatric Surgery

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Bariatric surgery is a popular and effective treatment for severe obesity but may have negative effects on the skeleton. This review summarizes changes in bone density and bone metabolism from animal and clinical studies of bariatric surgery, with specific attention to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), adjustable gastric banding (AGB), and sleeve gastrectomy (SG). Skeletal imaging artifacts from obesity and weight […]

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RYGB may lead to changes in brain activity

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RYGB and brain activity Study suggests that despite reduced food intake and improved food choices after RYGB, brain areas that are involved in reward anticipatory functions may be more active Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery may lead to changes in brain activity in regions that process reward and taste-related behaviours, according to a study on rats by multiple research teams […]

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Tackling obesity: One size does not fit all

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Researchers looking at how to tackle the UK’s obesity issue – have reported that patients are often treated the same regardless of how healthy they are, where they live or their behavioural characteristics. The study by researchers from the University of Sheffield and published in the Journal of Public Health, found those who have a BMI>30 actually fit into one […]

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Bariatric TIME

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Hello Everybody! Wow isn’t it amazing how quick time goes by? – Here we are Easter 2015 – I guess its very true that in life we need to make the most of all our gifts especially the gift of time… Bariatric Surgery Conference 2015 Talking about time – did we have a great time at the Bariatric Surgery Conference […]

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Study examines binge eating at the molecular level

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Researchers have shown that compulsive binging on foods that are high in fat and sugar can trigger specific molecular changes that can lead to hypertension. While other studies have examined the effects of binge eating on the brain, this study is thought to be the first to look at its molecular effects on the expression of certain proteins in the […]

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Bariatric Surgery Conference 2015

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  March 21     Lecture room 1 – saturday First plenary session :       Chair Dr E Swanepoel 08h00  – 08h15            Welcome address & Opening                         Andre Potgieter 08h15  – 08h45            The latest news – SOS Study                            Prof Hans Lonroth 08h45 – 09h15             South African database                                   Prof Tessa van der Merwe 09h15 – 09h45             An […]

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Bariatric surgery causes remission of food addiction

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Bariatric surgery-induced weight loss induces remission of food addiction and improves several eating behaviours that are associated with the condition in extreme obesity, according to the study published in the journal Obesity. Although, bariatric surgery is believed to be one most effective available weight loss therapy for obesity and impacts on patients desire to eat, it is not known whether […]

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Where does your fat go when you lose it?

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We talk a lot about dieting and burning off fat, but we actually have a lot of misconceptions about weight loss. Some people think fat is converted into energy or heat—a violation of the law of conservation of mass—while others think that the fat is somehow excreted or even converted to muscle. I was told early on that you can […]

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Do Medical Aids Cover Gastric Bypass Operations?

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Historically many medial aids have considered weight loss surgery as a cosmetic procedure and have not covered the costs of gastric bypasses. But medical schemes in South Africa are starting to pay out for par or all of weight loss related surgery provided that the physician establishes that the operation is medically necessary to preserve the health of the patient. […]

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Bariatric Surgery Support Group Committee

The Bariatric Surgery Support Group Committee is made up of patients who have had surgery and who volunteer their time to share and support people seeking information and support about Weight-Loss Surgery. We deal with a host of pre and post operation issues aimed at facilitating your journey to a healthier lifestyle. We hold monthly meetings in which successes are […]

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Support Group Monthly Meeting

Support Group Monthly Meeting Bariatric Surgery Support (BSS) is a Cape Town based Support Group for people seeking information and Support about Weight-Loss Surgery. We deal with a host of pre and post operation issues aimed at facilitating your journey to a healthier life style. When: Tuesday : 27  January 2015 – N1 City N1 Medical Chambers, Second Floor, Meeting Room Goodwood,Phone: […]

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SA doctors perform interactive gastric surgery

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Cape Town – In a first for South Africa, live, interactive gastric surgery has been performed at a workshop on Thursday. The operation was screened to an adjacent boardroom filled with medical staff who discussed the procedure as it happened. Source: CAPE TOWN – In a first for South Africa, live, interactive gastric surgery has been performed at a workshop […]

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Bariatric Surgery Support Group Committee

The Bariatric Surgery Support Group Committee is made up of patients who have had surgery and who volunteer their time to share and support people seeking information and support about Weight-Loss Surgery. We deal with a host of pre and post operation issues aimed at facilitating your journey to a healthier lifestyle. We hold monthly meetings in which successes are […]

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Study shows hypertension risk for obese children

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Obese youths have a nearly six fold risk of hypertension, according to research in more than 22 000 young people from the Prevention Education Program (PEP) Family Heart Study presented at European Society of Cardiology Congress by Professor Peter Schwandt from Germany. “The prevalence of hypertension and obesity in children and adolescents is continuing to rise in most high and […]

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September 2014 Newsletter

Free Download :Bariatric Surgery Support Newsletter September 2014   Cosmetic Surgery helps with weight control   Body contouring surgery to remove excess skin improves long-term weight control in patients after gastric bypass surgery, claims a study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Since maintaining weight loss to reduce long-term health problems is […]

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Bariatric Surgery Support Meeting TONIGHT!

Please note that due to some administrative constraints on our side The Bariatric Support Group Meeting will be held tonight…apologies for the short notice. Anyone intrested in Bariatric Surgery may attend. We will be having a Guest Speaker at tonight’s Meeting; Dr Vaughn Roux a Plastic Surgeon with a wealth of experience in this field joins us to talk about […]

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Bariatric surgery may improve urinary incontinence

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  Bariatric surgery may improve urinary incontinence symptoms in women, according to a study, “Long-term change in urinary incontinence among severely obese women following bariatric surgery,” presented at the American Urogynecologic Society and the International Urogynecological Association 2014 scientific meeting in Washington, DC. The study found that nearly half of women in a weight-loss surgery programme reported having incontinence prior […]

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Quality of life

  Thursday, June 26, 2014 – 12:23 Owen Haskins – Editor in chief, Bariatric News Gastric bypass surgery improves obese diabetic patients’ physical and mental health, more than an intensive weight loss programme involving lifestyle modifications over two years, according to the results from a study presented at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine […]

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May 2014 – Newsletter and Support Group Meeting Information

Hi-there Everybody, We have a Bumper Newsletter for you this month – Attached is your FREE monthly issue jam-packed full of interesting news and useful information about BARIATRIC SURGERY. Also just a quick reminder that our APRIL Support Group Meeting will be held this coming Tuesday: When: Tuesday May 6,2014 – Durbanville Where: Room G08, Durbanville Medi-Clinic, 45 Wellington Road, […]

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Weight-Loss Surgery Cuts Risk for Heart Attack, Death: Study

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Weight-loss surgery, such as gastric banding, can dramatically reduce the rate of heart attacks and deaths among people who are obese, a new study shows. Researchers in the United Kingdom said their findings suggest that obese people at high risk for heart disease should seriously consider undergoing this type of procedure to lose weight. Read the Full Article in Our […]

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Incred Medi-Finance Offer Solution to finance Bariatric Surgery

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    Do you need Bariatric Surgery? Don’t have Medical Aid… Losing weight isn’t easy — and for many severely overweight people, exercise and diet simply aren’t effective enough to shed significant weight. When all else has failed, many people start thinking about weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery. You likely have questions about financing weight loss surgery — […]

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Overweight and obesity are major worldwide health problems

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Overweight and obesity are major worldwide health problems. By 2015 the World Health Organization predicts that more than 2.3 billion adults will be over-weight and 700 million will be obese. Nowadays there is a huge selection of traditional weight loss therapies, such as low-energy diets, different types of exer-cises, behaviour therapy and modification, pharmacological treatment and other methods. Unfortunately, clinically […]

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Bariatric Surgery Shows Significant Effect on Obese Type 1s

Here’s a development to keep your eye on: Bariatric surgery performed on a small group of morbidly obese type 1s led to considerable weight loss, improved glycemic control, and improved metabolic profiles up to three years later. The surgeries, performed by doctors at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio on 10 patients, led to an average body mass index reduction of 27 percent and A1c’s that dropped […]

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Banding patients must adhere to nutritional advice

Gastric banding patients do not meet recommended daily requirements for important nutrients such as protein, vitamin D and calcium, despite receiving nutritional counselling over a three-month period, according to the outcomes of a study by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers “Our study clearly shows that there are issues regarding nutritional intake in gastric banding patients,” said Dr Abhimanyu Garg, Chief […]

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Second Mini Gastric Bypass Conference Report

In October 2013, the Second Mini Gastric Bypass Conference took place in Paris, France. Here, we are delighted to published a report from the meeting by Professor Mervyn Deitel, Chief, Advisory Board, International Bariatric Club, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus & Founding Editor, Obesity Surgery… Mini-gastric (one-anastomosis) bypass becoming a mainstream bariatric operation Mervyn Deitel The mini-gastric one-anastomosis bypass (MGB) was conceived by Dr. […]

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DECEMBER 2013 BARIATRIC SUPPORT NEWS

The Christmas Holidays are nearly upon us, and, like you, our   Bariatric Surgery Support Group is looking forward to a well-deserved rest over the coming days.   Before we break for festivities we would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our Members, The Support Group Committee, Dr Potgieter, Dr Swanepoel, Judy Kotze (our resident dietitian) and […]

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Bariattric Surgery Support Gooddies!

Bariatric Surgery Support South African  Weight-Loss Surgery Support Group  We Have a Fresh New-look Logo And Will Be Doing A Limited Edition Mug That Will Be Available To Buy. If  You would Like A Mug Please E-mail info@bariatricsurgerysupport.co.za If  we receive enough requests for this Mug we will have it made and couriered to all those members who have placed […]

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Behavioural and psychological characteristics of patients

Patients who choose bariatric surgery compared to conservative weight loss treatment, had more positive expectations of the treatment outcomes and stronger beliefs in their ability to achieve these outcomes, according to researchers from the Oslo Bariatric Surgery Study (OBSS) The paper, ‘A comparison of behavioral and psychological characteristics of patients opting for surgical and conservative treatment for morbid obesity’, published […]

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Large bowel cancer risk 1cm rise in waist circumference increases cancer risk

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Evidence of the link between excess body weight, risk of colorectal cancer Wednesday, October 28, 2015 – 14:0 Speaking at the 23rd United European Gastroenterology Week (UEG Week 2015) in Barcelona, Spain, professor John Mathers, Professor of Human Nutrition from the Institute of Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University in the UK, revealed evidence linking excess body weight and risk of colorectal […]

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Two-year outcomes from the Diabetes Surgery Study

Two-year outcomes from the Diabetes Surgery Study have found that although the addition of gastric bypass to lifestyle and medical management in patients with type 2 diabetes improved diabetes control, adverse events and nutritional deficiencies were more frequent in the surgical group of patients. The paper entitled, ‘Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for diabetes (the Diabetes Surgery Study): 2-year outcomes of a […]

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Support Group Monthly Meeting

  Bariatric Surgery Support (BSS) is a Cape Town based Support Group for people seeking INFORMATION and Support about WEIGHT-LOSS Surgery. We DEAL with a host of pre and post operation issues aimed at facilitating your journey to a healthier life style. When: May 26th, N1 City Venue: N1 Medical Chambers, Second Floor, Meeting Room Goodwood, Phone: 021 975 2594 Time: […]

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Bariatric Surgery Conference 2015 – Update

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All Support Group Members and interested parties are welcome to attend – you only need to attend on Sunday 22 March 2015 if you are a Pre-surgery or a Post surgery patient.  The session on Saturday 21 March 2015, is aimed at industry professionals ( surgeons, Doctors, Nurses and Care givers)  When: Sunday 22 March 2015 Where:   Protea Hotel Techno […]

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