ASMBS Town Hall Webinar

Published November 2016

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Approved Procedures

Published October 2016

Obesity has been recognized as a disease by the American Medical Association in 2013. Bariatric and metabolic surgery is a proven, effective and enduring treatment for obese patients in need. Bariatric and metabolic surgery strives to provide the most innovative therapies for obese patients. As new devices and procedures emerge, the ASMBS leads the way in creating, evaluating and implementing devices and procedures for obesity. At this time, the society supports the following procedures:

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Recommendations for the presurgical psychosocial evaluation of bariatric surgery patients

Published June 2016

Prepared by Stephanie Sogg, Ph.D., Jennifer Lauretti, Ph.D., Lisa West-Smith, Ph.D., L.I.S.W.-S.

Abstract: Psychosocial factors have significant potential to affect long-term outcomes of bariatric surgery, including emotional adjustment, adherence to the recommended postoperative lifestyle regimen, weight loss outcomes, and co-morbidity improvement and or resolution. Thus, it is recommended that bariatric behavioral health clinicians with specialized knowledge and experience be involved in the evaluation and care of patients both before and after surgery. The evaluating clinician…

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ASMBS Bylaws

Published June 2016

Amended and Restated Bylaws of American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

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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…

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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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Preoperative Supervised Weight Loss Requirements

Published April 2016

In 2011, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) published a position statement on preoperative weight loss requirements [1]. This statement was developed in response to inquiries made to the ASMBS by patients, physicians, hospitals, health insurance payers, the media, and others regarding the need for and efficacy of insurance mandated preoperative weight loss requirements before undergoing bariatric surgery. In the evolving field of bariatric surgery, it is periodically necessary to provide updated position statements…

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