Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Technology that will make a real difference - comfort and colonoscopy

As someone who has done hundreds of colonoscopies, I am really looking forward to this finding its way into our working endosuites.

As someone who has had 3 colonoscopies, I hope my next one can be done without sedation.

Advanced Colonoscope using fiberoptic nanotechnology

Monday, April 25, 2011

Canadian Outreach Day Plans

Saturday May 21 we are planning an outreach day in the Vancouver area. More to follow as times get set, and invites sent out.

Here is one of the recent Vancouver Sun articles on WLS... 2011 is ticking by.

Access issue in Lower Mainland BC worsens

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Call for "Dirty Dozen" Ignoring Evidence for Diabetes, Obesity Access to Care

I have been saving some of these up last few weeks on call - hoping to get PeaceHealth to change its out of date access to care restrictions that are anything but "evidence based" (quote from PeaceHealth Mission Statement)

If you want to send me your organization's absurd restrictions, I will post a "dirty dozen worst plans in Washington State' after the ObesityHelp meeting in Seattle this June.

HERE ARE SOME GREAT EXAMPLES OF THE EVIDENCE TO FOLLOW (just in case any executives happen to read this post)

ASMBS statement for Access to Care

Britain's National Health Service Diabetes Study

Wow! Here's a great quote from a socialized medicine perspective!
Alberic Fiennes, a bariatric surgeon and chairman of the National Bariatric Surgery Registry (NBSR) Data Committee, said the treatment should be made more widely available on the NHS.

"An approach that limits treatment to a fraction of those who would benefit is one which the NHS will rue in years to come as these patients become an unsustainable burden on the health service," he said.

"Prevention strategy alone has proved ineffective; there are at least two generations of morbidly obese patients who are now presenting with diabetes, stroke, heart disease and cancer for whom preventative measures are utterly irrelevant."

International Diabetes Federation Statement

IDF press release

Increased Heart Disease Risk for Teens

Arkansas State Employee coverage

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Pregnancy, newborn risks, hysterectomy risks

I am always talking with my OB/Gyn colleagues about preoperative liquid diets like we use for Bariatric surgery to get "room" to work inside the abdomen. Here is data to show that the heavier abdomen is truly a more hostile surgical environment.

If you want to find out more about a 2-4 week high protein, low calorie liquid diet, I will try to post on that with a later edit to this date... or you can call our office 360-752-9888.

Articles from UK