Bariatric Times

JUN 2017

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13 Ask the Leaderships Bariatric Times • June 2017 sparing surgery (SIPS)? Dr. Mattar: Y es, indeed. Both SADI and single- anastomosis gastric bypass (formerly known as the mini- gastric bypass) are not mere a djustments of standard operations, but rather substantial modifications that markedly depart from convention. Therefore, they must undergo the same rigorous evaluation prior to their approval by the ASMBS as standard operations. This is by no means a critique or denunciation of these new procedures, but more of a call to practice caution prior to their implementation on a widespread basis before enough experience has been accrued regarding their safety and efficacy. Why is it important that procedures and devices be evaluated by the ASMBS Pathway for Approval of New Devices and Procedures Committee? Dr. Mattar: As the only surgical society that safeguards bariatric patients, we have a mandate to exercise due diligence before approving new devices and procedures. ASMBS carries much influence among stakeholders and it is therefore very important that new devices and procedures be approved with the consent of the majority of its members. Are there any new procedures or devices that you anticipate to be reviewed in 2017? Dr. Mattar: Yes, we have very exciting new devices and procedures that will be placed under consideration. They all have the potential to expand the portfolio of options that we may be able t o eventually offer our deserving patients. Approval for intragastric balloons is currently in process. We expect to also r eceive applications for endoscopically-placed liners and aspiration devices. With regards to procedures, we have already mentioned single anastomosis duodenal switch and gastric bypass, and also expect to receive applications for endoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, among other novel and ingenious techniques. I am forecasting a very busy year! FUNDING: No funding was provided in the preparation of this manuscript. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: The author reports no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this article. ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Samer G. Mattar, MD, FACS, FRCS (Edin.), FASMBS; E-mail: "AS THE STANDARD BEARER FOR QUALITY AND SAFETY IN ALL MATTERS THAT PERTAIN TO BARIATRIC SURGERY, THE ASMBS IS UNIQUELY POSITIONED TO OFFER A "STAMP OF APPROVAL" FOR NOVEL TECHNIQUES AND DEVICES .'' C a l l f o r Case Reports! D o y o u ha v e a n uni que c a s e t o s ha r e ? B a r i a t r i c T i m e s i s s e e k i ng s ubm i s s i o ns ! Case reports are short presentations of unique cases that stimulate research and the exchange of information and illustrate the signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of a disorder. Specifications: • At least 15 current references are recommended • Illustrative material is preferred • Must include abstract • Recommended length 1,000 to 3,000 words, not including references. ALSO ACCEPTING VIDEO CLIPS WITH SUBMISSIONS. If accepted, your video clip could be included in the Bariatric Times digital edition with your case report. To submit a case report, contact: Angela Saba, Managing Editor, Matrix Medical Communications E-mail:, Phone: (484) 266-0702; Toll-free: (866) 325-9907; Fax: (484) 266-0726 YOUR VIDEO HERE

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