The ASBS Bariatric Surgery Centers of excellence program: a blueprint for quality improvement. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2:497-503

Surgical Review Corporation, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (Impact Factor: 4.07). 09/2006; 2(5):497-503; discussion 503. DOI: 10.1016/j.soard.2006.07.004
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Variations in the techniques of bariatric surgery, coupled with the lack of a common database, has led to variable and, sometimes negative, outcomes from bariatric surgery. Thus, in November 2003, the American Society for Bariatric Surgery established Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) as an independent nonprofit entity for quality control of bariatric surgery and as a resource for data collection and analysis.
In November 2003, the leadership of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery founded SRC as an independent nonprofit entity for quality control of bariatric surgery and as resource for research. A national set of standards for the Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence program was developed using a meta-analysis of the relevant published English language data, a consensus conference at Georgetown University, and participation by stakeholders from industry, third-party payors, and malpractice carriers. A software program was developed to provide uniformity in data collection and ease of analysis.
SRC developed standards that have been accepted by the bariatric surgical community and put in place. A system was developed for the designation of two levels for the centers, provisional and full. The growth of the Centers of Excellence program has been rapid. At present, 135 hospitals and 265 surgeons have achieved full approval. The centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have recognized the program. On the basis of the reports of 55,567 patients from the first 176 applicants for full approval and confirmed by SRC during site inspections, the 90-day operative mortality rate was 0.35%.
The first phase of development has gone well. Future steps include the development of a network of bariatric physicians and the development of a consortium for research.

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    • "Medicare also opted to include bariatric surgery as a covered procedure for Medicare participants (Henrickson, Ashton, Windover, & Heinberg, 2009;Yuan et al., 2009). Age restrictions were initially in place because it was believed that the health risks associated with bariatric surgery exceeded beneficial outcomes for aging patients (Pratt, McLees, & Pories, 2006;Quebbemann, Engstrom, Siegfried, Garner, & Dallal, 2005). A number of studies have demonstrated that bariatric surgery is safe for older adults (Ewing, Thompson, Wachtel, & Frezza, 2011;Mathus-Vliegen et al, 2012). "
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    ABSTRACT: Bariatric surgery has become an accepted method to treat obesity and its related diseases in adults; nevertheless, few bariatric surgery follow-up studies compare changes in body mass index (BMI), disease outcomes, and side effects among age groups. This study compares bariatric surgery outcomes across four adult age groups by comparing changes in milestone BMIs such as highest and lowest BMI, perceived existing disease outcomes, and symptoms related to those diseases. Data were obtained using a 40-item questionnaire that was mailed to 2,520 patients of a Midwestern weight management center who were at least 18 months post-bariatric surgical procedure. The 534 respondents were divided into four age groups in years: 18 to 49 (n = 171), 50-59 (n = 148), 60-69 (n = 138), and ≥ 70 (n = 77). There were no differences among the age groups for lowest (p = .93) and current BMI (p = .51). Significant improvement in eight chronic diseases occurred across all age groups. There were no differences between age groups in reported occurrence of incontinence (p = .65), diarrhea (p = .22), flatulence (p = .46), heartburn (p = .73), and indigestion (p = .22). Constipation rarely occurred among the oldest adults (p < .001). Bariatric surgery should be considered an option for weight loss and disease management for older adults as much as it is for younger adults.
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    • "In the case of patients with morbid obesity, the complications become serious, given their biological fragility and the rapid installation of hemodynamic imbalances under septic shock [18,19]. This is the reason why bariatric surgeons have lately adopted a firm attitude of emergency precocious laparoscopic reintervention every time there is suspicion of intra peritoneal septic process, consecutive to a more or less recent bariatric surgery [20,21]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction: Complications within laparoscopic surgery, similar to classic surgery are inevitable and require immediate actions both to diminish intraoperative risks and to choose the appropriate therapeutic attitude. Peritonitis and hemorrhagic incidents are both part of the complications aspect of laparoscopic surgery. Fortunately, the incidence is limited, thus excluding the rejection of celioscopic methods. Patient’s risks and benefits are to be analyzed carefully prior recommending laparoscopic surgery. Materials and methods: This study presents a statistical analysis of peritonitis consecutive to laparoscopic surgery, experience of „Sf. Ioan” Emergency Hospital, Bucharest, and Department of Surgery (2000-2010). Results:There were 180 (0,96%) complicated situations requiring reinterventions, from a total of 18676 laparoscopic procedures. 106 cases (0,56%) represented different grades of postoperative peritonitis. Most frequently, there were consecutive laparoscopic appendicectomia and colecistectomia. During the last decade, few severe cases of peritonitis followed laparoscopic bariatric surgical procedures. Conclusions: This study reflects the possibility of unfavorable evolution of postoperative peritonitis comparing with hemorrhagic incidents within laparoscopic surgery.
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    ABSTRACT: Bariatric surgery is a treatment for severely obese patients. We examined the efficacy of bariatric surgery, addressing three questions: 1) What is the overall weight reduction following bariatric surgery? 2) What complications are associated with bariatric surgery? 3) What impact does weight loss have on obesity-related comorbidity? Fixed and random effects meta-analyses were used to determine the amount of weight reduction following bariatric surgery. The influence of a variety of co-variates that could affect study results was examined. Information from evidence-based sources was used to explore the impact of weight loss on comorbidities. Meta-analyses results were affected by loss to follow-up, and within-study heterogeneity of variance. Therefore, results were pooled from studies with complete patient follow-up. Meta-analysis of six studies reporting weight loss at 1 year and four studies with mean follow-up of 9 months to 7 years demonstrated BMI reductions of 16.4 kg/m(2) and 13.3 kg/m(2), respectively. Weight reduction following bariatric surgery may be associated with improvements in risk factors for cardiac disease including hypertension, type 2 diabetes and lipid abnormalities, and may decrease the severity of obstructive sleep apnea. Bariatric surgery is appropriate for obese patients (BMI >40 kg/m(2) or > or =35 kg/m(2) with obesity-related comorbidity) in whom non-surgical treatment options were unsuccessful. Additional research is needed to examine the long-term benefits of weight loss following bariatric surgery, particularly with respect to obesity-related comorbidities.
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