Treating obesity and diabetes consumes billions of U.S. healthcare dollars each year. Research indicates bariatric surgery can play a significant role in addressing those health issues.
Bariatric surgery continues to proliferate — and that has significant implications for surgeons who perform the procedures, for physicians who treat obesity-related comorbidities and for plastic surgeons.
Two types of bariatric surgery were markedly more effective than lifestyle interventions alone at producing at least partial remission of Type 2 diabetes, according to a recent study. The findings add to the evidence of weight-loss surgery’s effectiveness as a diabetes treatment for certain individuals.
As the rate of obesity among young people continues to rise and medical professionals more fully comprehend the role pediatric obesity plays in patients’ well-being, more clinicians are turning to bariatric surgery to address the condition and its comorbidities.
These devices in the works may enhance disease detection, dietary tracking and infant incubation.
Improving the Health Status of the Community by Supporting Family Health and Fitness
As the state’s only university-based Level 1 Bariatric Center accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), WVU Healthcare Bariatrics is uniquely equipped to provide innovative surgical intervention complemented by medical support across the care continuum for patients with obesity. The WVU program offers the most advanced techniques in endoscopic, laparoscopic and robotic technology to treat morbid obesity and related metabolic disorders.
This month, Springer.com publishes Comprehensive Body Contouring: Theory and Practice. The 230-page, 190-image compendium highlights the 16-year clinical experience of innovative University of Pittsburgh plastic surgeon Dennis Hurwitz, MD, in treating dysmorphia after massive weight loss, pregnancy and aging.
Rather than take a one-size-fits-all approach to obesity and metabolic conditions, healthcare professionals at Allegheny Health Network’s (AHN’s) Bariatric and Metabolic Institute leverage multidisciplinary expertise to tailor care plans to each patient.
Austin residents now have local access to the full gamut of surgical and nonsurgical weight-loss and heartburn treatment options from providers who emphasize procedural expertise and long-term patient support.