Current Approaches to Bariatric Surgery

Minimally invasive techniques are scientifically validated as the best approach for weight loss surgeries as an alternative to conventional surgeries. While minimally invasive techniques are an option, there are still a number of procedures that are performed with an open approach. This presentation will review the four main types of weight loss surgeries; Adjustable Gastric Band (AGB), Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) and Biliopancreatic Diversion with a Duodenal Switch (BDP-DS), along with their indications and benefits. Doctors and patients must consider various risk ratio benefits when selecting the right surgical type and approach - these, along with clinical outcomes will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to

  1. Provide an explanation of the four main types of weight loss surgeries and key patient selection criteria for laparoscopic versus traditional surgery
  2. Evaluate the risk benefit ratio of minimally invasive weight loss surgery versus traditional surgery on quality indicators including length of stay, infection, quality and financial outcomes
  3. Identify strategies to increase competency and support for minimally-invasive surgery
  4. Evaluate the evidence for minimally invasive surgeries in high-risk patients including elderly

Faculty Listing
Sayeed Ikramuddin, MD
Director, Gastrointestinal/Bariatric Surgery
Co-Director, Center of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Professor, Division of General Surgery
Robert and Katherine Goodale Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery
University of Minnesota

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Faculty Disclosure
The faculty reported the following:
Sayeed Ikramuddin, MD
Advisory Board: Novo Nordisk and Medica
Grant/ Research Support: Covidien, EnteroMedics, and Reshape Medical
Consultant: Metamodix Inc. and Covidien

Activity Planners
Sarah Chart-Hart, RN
Senior Director
OptumHealth Education

Arlene Rome, RN, BSN
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

Activity Planner Disclosures
All of the planners reported that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.

Reviewer Disclosures
To ensure fair balance and avoid bias, the content for this activity has been reviewed by an independent medical expert with no relevant financial relationships.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians and nurses who have an interest in optimal management of patients undergoing bariatric surgery.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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