Sharon E Bates

North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol, England, United Kingdom

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Publications (7)20.18 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Shared medical appointments (SMAs) are group clinics where practitioners see several patients, with common health needs, at once. There is a great financial strain on the National Health Service (NHS) to provide bariatric surgery. The aim of this study was to review patient satisfaction with the SMA that is the default means of following up patients after bariatric surgery at one particular NHS trust. A patient-validated questionnaire was designed and handed out at the end of the SMAs. Patients who attended an SMA earlier in 2011 were also retrospectively sent questionnaires via post. A total of 47 patients completed the questionnaire from seven different SMAs covering the period from January to July 2011. All patients underwent laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. After attending an SMA, patients gave an overall mean satisfaction rating of 4.13 ± 0.163 (on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 = very poor and 5 = excellent) which represented an increase (p < 0.01) compared to preconceptions before the clinic (3.59 ± 0.175). A cost analysis estimated a yearly saving of £4,617 or 65.1% made by the SMAs compared to 1:1 appointments. The bariatric surgery SMA demonstrates high levels of patient satisfaction and is cost-effective.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2012 · Obesity Surgery

  • No preview · Conference Paper · Aug 2011
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    ABSTRACT: Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is a safe and effective treatment for morbid obesity. Long-term complications include band slippage, gastric pouch dilatation and gastric erosion. Rates of band slippage reported in the literature range from less than 1% to over 20%. The aim of this review was to explore whether differences in the reporting of this complication contributed to the variability in this outcome measure. A full literature search was undertaken using EMBASE and MEDLINE search engines. Forty studies were selected for analysis based on inclusion and exclusion criteria. Each was scrutinised for outcome reporting methods and related fields. Accurate definitions for relevant terms were derived from the best available evidence. Considerable variations in device deployed, operative approach, band fixation technique, and outcome reporting mechanisms were seen between the studies. The explanation and definition of terms used within manuscripts were also seen to vary between studies. A consensus needs to be reached on how best to report complications such as gastric band slippage. We suggest which information should be included by authors to allow for accurate and reproducible reporting of such outcomes in the future.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2010 · Obesity Surgery
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    ABSTRACT: The cause of pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) is poorly understood although there is strong evidence that obesity plays a role in its development. This report describes a patient with medically intractable PTC, who had continued symptoms despite undergoing a ventriculo-peritoneal (VP) shunt. Following significant weight loss, as a result of laparoscopic gastric banding, she has been symptom free and off all medications for 11 months allowing VP shunt removal. Bariatric surgery should be strongly considered in morbidly obese patients with PTC.
    Full-text · Article · Aug 2010
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    ABSTRACT: Obesity is a modern-day epidemic with serious physical, psychological and economic implications for the patients. Tackling obesity is now a priority for most healthcare providers. Managing such patients can be complex, emotional, time consuming and often frustrating. Obesity surgery, in its various forms, has revolutionised this struggle. With appropriate selection of patients, adequate resources and a multidisciplinary team involvement, obesity can now effectively be "cured". It is vital that those who deal with obese patients know how to access these services and understand the processes involved in the journey from initial assessment to postoperative follow-up. Obesity surgery has a major impact in reducing obesity-related comorbidities such as diabetes and hypertension and contributes to society by returning patients to work. Prevention must be at the heart of any strategy to manage obesity, but, for established cases, surgery is taking centre stage and will continue to flourish as new techniques and procedures are developed.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2009 · Postgraduate medical journal
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    ABSTRACT: Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is increasingly performed in patients with morbid obesity. Suturing of the access-port in LAGB can be difficult and time consuming but is felt necessary by many surgeons to prevent migration and facilitate band adjustments. Between 2003 and 2006, 226 patients underwent LAGB with the MIDband. All surgery was performed by the pars flaccida approach. The access-port was positioned in a subcutaneous pouch adjacent to the left hypochondrial port site and was not secured. Regular follow-up and band fills were offered. All band or port-related complications were duly recorded. A patient satisfaction survey was also conducted among 50 randomly selected post-banding patients. Mean age was 41.65 years (range 18-73 years) and mean BMI was 45.85 kg/m2 (range 34.0-74.93 kg/m2). The access-port was inaccessible at first attempt in 5 (2%) patients. 4 of these required radiological imaging to identify the port orientation and 1 required multiple attempts at port puncture with subsequent re-operation due to tube puncture. 91% of patients reported no significant trouble other than mild discomfort and prominence of the port. This study shows non-fixation of the access-port to be safe and effective with good patient acceptability. In addition, it avoids the need for regular X-ray localization of the port.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2007 · Obesity Surgery

  • No preview · Conference Paper · Apr 2006