Bruno M. Balsiger

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BACKGROUND How psychosocial factors may impact on weight loss after bariatric surgery is not well understood. This lack of knowledge is problematic, because there is a high prevalence of psychosocial distress in patients seeking treatment for obesity in hospital-based programs. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between preoperative(More)
Morbid obesity (body mass index > 40 kg/m2) is a risk factor for cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, neoplastic, and psychologic sequelae. In the present prospective clinical study 65 patients (11 men, 54 women) underwent vertical banded gastroplasty (Mason procedure) from June 1994 to October 1997. The median age was 41 ± 5.3 years (range 18–69; n = 65).(More)
Staging laparoscopy, based on the assumption that endobiliary stenting is the best palliation, allegedly saves an "unnecessary" laparotomy for incurable pancreatic cancer. Our aim was to determine survival of patients with clinically resectable pancreatic cancer that is found to be unresectable inrraoperatively and thereby infer appropriate utilization of(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy and safety of two malabsorptive procedures for severe obesity. Prospectively collected data from eight men and three women who underwent partial biliopancreatic bypass (PBB) and 19 men and seven women who underwent very very long limb Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (WLGB) for superobesity (preoperative weight(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine prospectively the results of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) used as the primary weight-reducing operation in patients with medically complicated ("morbid") obesity. The RYGB procedure combines the advantages of a restrictive physiology (pouch of 10 mL) and a "dumping physiology" for high-energy liquids without requiring an externally(More)
Swedish adjustable gastric banding (SAGB) is a widespread laparoscopic procedure in bariatric surgery. Few long-term data is available. To determine long-term outcome after SAGB in 196 patients studied prospectively. 196 patients, 40 men, and 156 women have been operated from 1996 to 2005. Age was 38 ± 1 (mean ± sem) years. Mean follow-up was 63 ± 2 months.(More)
Axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) has traditionally been considered as a standard procedure in the surgical management of patients with breast cancer. The goals of ALND in breast cancer surgery are: (a) to provide accurate prognostic information, (b) to maintain local control of the disease in the axilla and (c) to provide a rational basis for decisions(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study is to evaluate (a) health-related quality of life (HRQL) after vertical banded gastroplasty (VBG) (Mason) and (b) predictors of HRQL. SUBJECTS Eighty-two consecutive patients were assessed preoperatively and then after 6, 12 and 24 months. Patients filled out questionnaires for subjective appraisal of HRQL (physical(More)
BACKGROUND Extrinsic denervation of the transplanted small bowel could play a substantial role in motor dysfunction of the transplanted gut. We attempted to determine the effect of chronic extrinsic denervation on intestinal contractility. METHODS Jejunal longitudinal muscle strips were obtained from rats 1 week and 8 weeks after (1) syngeneic small bowel(More)
Morbid obesity has become a health crisis in the United States. Medical programs developed at nonoperative attempts to lose (and maintain) an adequate weight loss are largely unsuccessful. Bariatric surgery has been proven to be effective at inducing and maintaining a satisfactory weight loss to decrease weight-related comorbidity. Bariatric operations(More)