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Read about the latest weight-loss surgery studies, including new information on surgical outcomes, resolution of comorbidities, and other benefits associated with weight-loss surgery. 

Undergoing bariatric surgery can lower risk of gestational diabetes in pregnancy

Undergoing bariatric surgery can lower risk of gestational diabetes in pregnancy

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women who undergo weight-loss surgery before becoming pregnant are less likely to develop gestational diabetes and give birth to large babies. However, these women are at risk for delivering smaller babies, according to the report.

“Since bariatric surgery followed by pregnancy has both positive and negative effects, these women, when expecting, should be regarded as high-risk pregnancies,” said Kari Johansson, PhD, a nutritionist in the Department of Medicine, Solna, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

She suggests that doctors closely follow these women throughout their pregnancies and give advice on healthy eating and, if necessary, taking supplements.

Learn more about the study’s findings on EndocrineWeb.com.

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Bariatric surgery can help treat type 2 diabetes, says new study

Bariatric surgery can help treat type 2 diabetes, says new study

Growing evidence from the Swedish Obese Subjects trial shows that bariatric surgery may help treat type 2 diabetes and improve remission. The study has 20 years worth of follow-up data, and more long-term follow-up research may be needed.

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Bariatric surgery less popular among men, says study

Bariatric surgery less popular among men, says study

Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have identified a major disparity with demographic, socioeconomic, and cultural factors among US men and women undergoing weight-loss surgeries. The conclusion is that men choose to undergo bariatric surgery in far fewer numbers than women.

The Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques published the study in March, stating that 80 percent of patients who choose to undergo bariatric surgery procedures are women.

“The results of this study should raise awareness in men about the complications that obesity brings to their health,” said senior author Santiago Horgan, MD, chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery at UC San Diego Health System. “Even though we have 50/50 percent split in obesity rates among US men and women, women get 80 percent of the bariatric surgeries and men only 20 percent. That’s a very uneven distribution.”

Read more about the studies findings on ScienceDaily.com.

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Bariatric surgery improves results of hip replacement surgery

Bariatric surgery improves results of hip replacement surgery

Bariatric surgery can help individuals lose weight, as well as resolve various health problems such as hypertension, asthma, and type 2 diabetes. Now, it’s believed that bariatric surgery can help boost the results of total hip arthroplasty, according to research presented at this year’s American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting. The results show that those who are overweight and need hip replacement surgery experience better results if they have bariatric surgery before the hip arthroplasty procedure. 

Tacking the cost of bariatric surgery on top of hip replacement surgery may seem daunting to some, but your quality of life could improve more than with total hip arthroplasty alone. “Obesity is linked to less-favorable outcomes after joint replacement surgery, such as longer hospital stays, higher overall costs and higher failure rates,” states Emily Dodwell M.D., a contributor to the research. Allowing bariatric surgery to help you lose weight can help keep you out of the hospital longer after having hip surgery.

Learn more about the results from Healio in “Morbidly obese patients experience greater utility with bariatric surgery prior to THA

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Duodenal switch has better results, but more risks, says study

Duodenal switch has better results, but more risks, says study

When researching what type of bariatric surgery is best, it is important to understand both the benefits and risks associated with each surgery. New research suggests that a surgery that isn’t currently favored may help you lose more weight. However, the study also finds that it could lead to more complications.

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