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Future Study Aims To Assess The Outcomes Of Obesity Surgeries

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Future Study Aims To Assess The Outcomes Of Obesity Surgeries

Obesity represents a worldwide health problem with an increasing incidence among adults. For this reason the University of Bristol started a study named BY-BAND, aimed to compare two commonly surgeries used in practice to treat morbid obesity. Due to the fact that obesity surgery increases the quality of life, this study will compare stomach bypass operation and stomach band operation, in terms of effectiveness and clinical benefit for patients, as until now is not known for sure which type of surgical intervention has a better prognosis.

“Obesity is an increasing health problem in the UK, which is predicted to worsen. Current national guidelines recommend that surgery should be considered for morbidly obese people or for those remaining obese after trying other options. The BY-BAND study will compare two types of operation, gastric bypass and gastric banding, to find out which one has the greater benefits”, said the leader of the study, Professor Jane Blazeby, Upper GI Surgeon.

The main goal of this study is to compare during a period of three years which type of this two surgical interventions will lead to major changes in body weight in a shorter time period and will also better improve the quality of life of obese patients.

Obesity Surgery

Obesity Surgery

The study will include over 700 patients with morbid obesity in randomized trials and for the results to be more objective, researchers will take into account possible complications which may arise at the time of the surgical intervention and in the next three years. One half of patients will be treated with gastric band intervention and the other half with gastric bypass. Due to the fact that none of these two surgical interventions are new, nor in the experimental experimental and both used in the current medical practice, the type of surgical intervention will be randomly decided by researchers. Patients will be asked to answer to a series of questions about their quality of life for the future studies regarding obesity and also asked to donate two blood samples.

For the first phase of this study only two centers from United Kingdom will be included, the University of Southampton and Tauton and in the second phase, eight. Researchers will start to recruit volunteers in April 2012 and the study will be conducted over a period of eight years, until the last patient that is included in the study is monitored for a period of three years. This clinical trial will include obese volunteers until 2015 and the first results will be made public in 2018.