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.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to
- Provide an explanation of the four main types of weight loss surgeries and key patient selection criteria for laparoscopic versus traditional surgery
- 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
- Identify strategies to increase competency and support for minimally-invasive surgery
- Evaluate the evidence for minimally invasive surgeries in high-risk patients including elderly
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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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
Sarah Chart-Hart, RN
Arlene Rome, RN, BSN
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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.
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance