Lipids and bariatric procedures Part 2 of 2: scientific statement from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the National Lipid Association (NLA), and Obesity Medicine Association (OMA)

Published May 2016

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NOTE: Part 1 is originally published with the lipid association.

Prepared by Harold Bays, M.D., F.T.O.S., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.E., F.N.L.A., Shanu N. Kothari, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.M.B.S., Dan E. Azagury, M.D., Ninh T. Nguyen, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.M.B.S., Terry A. Jacobson, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.N.L.A., Carl Orringer, M,D., Deborah B. Horn, D.O., M.P.H., Diplomate A.B.O.M., John M. Morton, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.M.B.S., Eric C. Westman, M.D., M.H.S., Diplomate A.B.O.M., Peter H. Jones, M.D.,…

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Insurance-Mandated Medical Weight Management Before Bariatric Surgery

Published May 2016

Prepared by Daniel Horwitz, B.S., M.S., John K. Saunders, M.D., Akuezunkpa Ude-Welcome, M.D., Manish Parikh, M.D.

Background: Many insurance companies require a medical weight management (MWM) program as a prerequisite for approval for bariatric surgery. There is debate regarding the benefit of this requirement. The objective of this study is to assess the effect of insurance-mandated MWM programs on weight loss outcomes in our bariatric surgery population.

Objective: To assess the effect of insurance-mandated…

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2016 ASMBS Research Grant Program

Published March 2016

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The ASMBS Research Grant award program has been initiated to encourage research in the field of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Grant funding has been made available to our members in hopes that funding through ASMBS will lead to additional extramural funding. Awards are conferred on a competitive basis by submission of a grant application that is reviewed and evaluated by the ASMBS Research Committee and approved by the Governing Board. Results…

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ASMBS Code of Ethics

Published March 2016

Adopted by the Executive Council February 2005

Revised September 27, 2012

Revised March 16, 2016

This Code of Ethics of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery is intended as a guide to assist all members of the Society in achieving the highest level of ethical conduct in their relations with patients, peers and the public.

First and foremost, all actions by the healthcare provider should be in the best interest of the…

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Alcohol Use Before and After Bariatric Surgery

Published February 2016

Prepared by Manish Parikh, M.D., Jason M. Johnson, Naveen Ballem, M.D.

The following position statement is issued by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) for the purpose of enhancing quality of care in bariatric surgery. In this statement, suggestions for management are presented that are derived from available knowledge, peer-reviewed scientific literature, and expert opinion. This was accomplished by performing a systematic review of currently available literature regarding alcohol consumption (both pre-…

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Position Statement on Intragastric Balloon Therapy Endorsed by SAGES

Published December 2015

Prepared by Mohamed R. Ali, M.D., *, Fady Moustarah, M.D., Julie J. Kim, M.D., on behalf of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Clinical Issues Committee

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) has issued the following position statement in response to numerous inquiries made to the Society by patients, physicians, society members, hospitals, health insurance payors, the media, and others regarding the role of intragastric balloons in the treatment of…

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Vagal Blocking Therapy for Obesity

Published December 2015

The vagus nerve plays a significant role in the regulation of stomach functions, secretion of ghrelin, pancreatic endocrine and exocrine secretion, and glycemic control. VBLOC, a new therapy for obesity, induces intermittent intra-abdominal vagal blocking with the use of high-frequency electrical energy.

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