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IN THE MEDIA

RYGB tied to higher risk of fracture versus adjustable gastric banding

By Marilynn Larkin, M.D./alert

May 21, 2019

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is associated with a higher risk of nonvertebral fractures compared with adjustable gastric banding (AGB), a study suggests.

Gastric Bypass Ups Fracture Risk, Need for Long-term Management

Liam Davenport, Medscape

May 22, 2019

Patients, including those aged 65 years or older, who undergo Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) for severe obesity should be followed long term for fractures, because they face a substantially increased risk compared with those who undergo adjustable gastric banding (AGB), say US investigators.

A Daunting Operation Offers Relief to Obese Teenagers

By Gina Kolata, The New York Times

May 16, 2019

Gastric bypass surgery works as well in adolescents as it does in adults, researchers report. But the procedure requires a major commitment.

Roux-en-Y or Banding: Which Holds Higher Fracture Risk?

by Kristen Monaco, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

May 15, 2019

Study looked at nonvertebral fracture risk in Medicare beneficiaries

Communication in Healthcare: A Failure in Need of Rescue?

Surgical Grand Rounds Lectures

April 03, 2019

Professor Amir Ghaferi discusses the current state of communication in healthcare and in particular surgery. Is there a failure in need of rescue?

Cost And Weight-Loss Potential Matter Most To Bariatric Surgery Patients

ECN Magazine

December 14, 2018

Cost Matters to Those Sizing Up Weight-Loss Surgery

HealthDay News

November 29, 2018

Study: Cost and Weight-Loss Potential Matter Most to Bariatric Surgery Patients

MHealth Lab

November 28, 2018

A survey examines what qualities patients look for when choosing a bariatric surgery procedure. But those needs might not align with their final decision.

Excising the “surgeon ego” to accelerate progress in the culture of surgery

BMJ talk medicine: God is in Operating Room 4

November 21, 2018

Health Affairs Briefing Patient Safety

November 06, 2018

The November 2018 issue of Health Affairs, “Patient Safety,” contains a timely and comprehensive look at the best and latest research on the topic. Almost 20 years after the publication of the Institute of Medicine’s landmark study, “To Err Is Human,” Health Affairs authors examine what progress has been made in the intervening years.

Bariatric Surgery Benefits Also Extend to Older Adults

MedPage Today

September 06, 2018

Bariatric patients provide perspective on self-referral to emergency departments

IHPI News

November 02, 2017

To increase patient satisfaction and lower costs in emergency departments, researchers interviewed former surgical patients who later visited EDs with nonemergent conditions.

Learning from others’ experiences is an important aspect of professional development in surgery.

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS

A much higher rate of prolonged postoperative opioid use is identified in bariatric surgical patients compared with general surgical patients

October 24, 2017

Patients were 46 percent more likely than after general surgery to take painkillers a year later

Self.com

August 14, 2017

In the few years they've been on the market in the U.S., weight-loss balloons have been makingheadlines as a cheaper, less intense alternative to invasive weight-loss surgeries. However, according to an FDA alert posted last week, the gastric balloons may come with unforeseen consequences: Five people died in 2016 within weeks of receiving their balloons.

Opting for Weight-Loss Surgery at Lower BMIs May Be Best for Patients’ Health, Study Suggests

IHPI News

July 26, 2017

As more Americans turn to bariatric surgery for weight loss, study suggests they may not want to wait until their BMI is well past 40

Approving bariatric surgery at lower BMI may improve patient outcomes

Michigan Medicine News

July 25, 2017

Study suggests patients may not want to wait until their BMI exceeds 40 to reap the biggest benefits

Probing problems with bariatric surgery: reoperations, variation are common

IHPI News

May 22, 2017

Nearly 1 in 5 patients with a lap-band undergo multiple device-related reoperations, and complication rates range widely between hospitals, new research finds

Justin Dimick, M.D., M.P.H., inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Surgical Association

Inside IHPI: News for the IHPI community

May 19, 2017

The American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) welcomed 64 new members at their annual meeting last month in Chicago. The new class of members are noted for their work as physician-scientists representing a diverse range of disciplines, specialties, and institutions. 

Dr. Dimick was also inducted into the American Surgical Association last month. The society is one of the most selective and prestigious, limiting membership to 460 active members nationally. 

Opinion: Lack of Access to Obesity Care Highlights Stigma and Disparity

M Healthy Lab

February 09, 2017

Obesity is a chronic disease with proven treatments. But insurance and other issues block access to some such therapies, bariatric surgeons say.

The New York Times; After Weight-Loss Surgery, a Year of Joys and Disappointments

By: Gina Kolata

December 27, 2016

Even as the pounds fell away and their health improved, two patients
contended with the feeling that life hadn’t changed as much as they’d hoped.

What referring physicians need to know about bariatric surgery success rates

By: Bruce Jancin

December 16, 2016

Clinical Endocrinology News

Improving Surgical Skill Through Peer-to-Peer Coaching

By: Deborah Reinheimer

November 29, 2016

MI Blues Perspectives

The source for Blue Cross and Michigan Health News

Quality Initiative Cuts Sleeve-Gastrectomy Readmissions

By: Marlene Busko

November 07, 2016

When things go wrong after surgery, a patient's fate & bills can vary widely by hospital

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

October 06, 2016

Complication-related costs for common operations run two to three times higher at some hospitals - which also tend to have higher complication rates

What's next for patient safety? A focus on 'people, process, and practices,' experts say

August 11, 2016

It is time to move beyond structural and technical improvements in patient safety, experts say

The Next Wave of Hospital Innovation to Make Patients Safer

August 08, 2016

Harvard Business Review

Weight loss surgery helps keep pounds off 10 years later

By: Linda Thrasybule

June 27, 2016

Reuters

The Mental-Health Toll Of Weight-Loss Surgery

By: Sarah Jacoby

June 03, 2016

Refinery29

The impact of intensivists on patient death rates: a complex picture

THE INSTITUTE FOR HEALTHCARE POLICY AND INNOVATION

May 06, 2016

Bariatric Surgery: Behavior Needs to Change, but How?

By: Parker Brown

April 20, 2016

MedPage Today

This Simple Workplace Change Could Improve Surgery Survival Rates

By: Andrew M. Seaman

January 24, 2016

The Huffington Post

Should Therapy be Mandatory for Patients After Weight Loss Surgery?

By Carina Storrs, Special to CNN

October 07, 2015

Does a hospital's "nurse magnet" recognition matter for patient outcomes?

University of Michigan Health System News (press release)

June 08, 2015

New findings from University of Michigan researchers in the June Health Affairs confirm enhanced outcomes for patients before and after recognition—to a point

Rethinking the High-Volumes/Best-Outcomes CV-Surgery Formula

By: Shelley Wood

December 11, 2013

Medscape

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