What is the focus of clinical research for bariatric surgery?

Updated: May 28, 2019
  • Author: Alan A Saber, MD, MS, FACS, FASMBS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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In recent years, the field of bariatric surgery has been enriched by data from numerous clinical investigations and experience. The direction of future clinical investigations are proceeding in a number of directions, including the following:

  • Controlled, prospective, intervention studies
  • Establishment of a major prospective database to study bariatric surgery outcomes
  • Establishment of a pediatric (adolescent) bariatric surgery registry
  • Performance of randomized clinical trials to compare the safety and efficacy of different operative procedures
  • Controlled studies of new operative modalities (eg, gastric pacing) and nonoperative modalities of treatment
  • Study by meta-analysis of outcomes of comorbid conditions of morbid obesity
  • Study of the socioeconomic outcomes of bariatric surgery
  • Study by stratified risk assessment of the risk-to-benefit ratio of treating morbid obesity with bariatric surgery and without bariatric surgery

For patient education resources, see the Healthy Living Center, as well as Obesity and Surgery in the Treatment of Obesity.


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