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Published: December 11, 2017

  • Gastric bypass weight loss shows success after 7 years A study aimed to examine the effects of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery showed that mean weight loss 7 years after the surgery was 28.4% of the studied patients' baseline weights. The study compared that result to laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, which resulted in a mean weight loss of 14.9% in the 7 years after surgery.
  • Black box recorder evaluates surgeons' skills while they perform robotic operations In a study of robotic surgical procedures, namely radical prostatectomy, researchers at Keck Medicine of USC have developed a recording tool that, when attached to a robotic system, can evaluate the practicing surgeon's skills and experience based on timing and movement. Data from the study will be published in the January 2018 edition of The Journal of Urology, and the hope is to build a consistent method of gauging physician proficiency in order to ensure patient safety.
  • Desflurane increases carbon footprint Reducing the use of desflurane in operating rooms could help reduce the carbon footprint of surgery, according to a study published in The Lancet. That's because desflurane has a global warming potential (GWP) that's about 5 to 18 times higher than that of other anesthetic gases like isoflurane and sevoflurane.
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